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Corpus Christi Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in Style

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

A big thanks to BU 212 in Corpus Christi, Texas, for sharing photos from their Hispanic Heritage Month Door Decorating Contest! Check out their fun door design contest below.

How are you and your team celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? Share your story at


Hispanic Heritage Month Employee Spotlights

Everyone is diverse and provides a unique culture to our team. This month, we’re taking time to discover the Hispanic culture of a few of your Republic Services’ coworkers.

Ramon  Z.
Detroit, MI
10 years

How has Republic Services embraced your heritage? 

Republic is a place where everyone is treated equally. I have the same opportunities to advance in my career as the next person and I’m fortunate for that. 

 What is your favorite dish from their culture? 

Enchiladas and tamales.

 Any other fun facts? 

Unfortunately, I was never taught Spanish. My whole family on my dad’s side speaks it fluently. One day, it’s something I hope to learn. 

Wendy Q.
Western MD
18 years

How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

My family loves celebrating our culture by gathering with family and friends. We make traditional pupusas and tamales, turn up the music, and let our feet do the talking!

How has your heritage helped you at Republic Services? 

It’s the best of both worlds. I can do my job while helping translate for our customers within my BU. When I’m asked, do we have someone that speaks Spanish, I’m proud to say “¡si, cómo le puedo ayudar?”

Any other fun facts? on my dad’s side speaks it fluently. One day, it’s something I hope to learn.


Luis A.
Ops Supervisor Recycling
Mine Hill, NJ
5 Years

How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?  

I celebrate by always remembering my roots. I am of Puerto Rican descent.  As a teenager, I did not want to embrace my Latino roots, but my mother encouraged me to learn Spanish and English and now, it’s an asset that I’ll pass down to my children.  Around 80% of my staff is Latino – I can engage with everyone. 

How has Republic Services embraced your heritage?  

I’ve felt very welcomed here at Republic. When I first started, I wasn’t in a position to really use my heritage, but once I was promoted to Supervisor, I was able to utilize my bilingual skills. It’s a skill I use daily. 

What is your favorite dish from your culture?  

Arroz con gandules y pernil and pasteles. 

Lis T.
Safety Representative
Fairfax, VA
8 Years

How has Republic Services embraced your heritage?  

I’m from a division where 80% of our employees are of Hispanic background or Afro-Latino. The GMs have taken the time to spotlight the heritage of all our backgrounds. That is one of the things that really reeled me in to Republic.  Our division does a newsletter that has a “GM’s Corner” feature that spotlights all our cultures. Recently our Area Team had a meeting with walk-up songs and while it was hard for me to choose just one song, I appreciated the fact that we embraced my music.

What is your favorite dish from your culture?  

Pupusas.  It’s the national dish of El Salvador