About Tyler’s SanitationFamily Run, Family Oriented and Our Family Serving Your Family

How It All Began

Tyler’s Sanitation was founded in 1946 by Mr. Milton Tyler to provide residential waste collection services to families in the Aiken County area. Tylers Sanitations Working for Aiken CountyCompany management was assumed by two of Mr. Milton Tyler’s sons, Joe and Lisle Tyler in the 1970’s and under their management has grown to include all types of waste collection services including but not limited to residential, recycling, commercial, Industrial and construction roll-off services.

Today, Tyler’s Sanitation is Aiken County’s only family owned and operated full service waste collection service. The company takes great pride in operating a full fleet of clean, late model, residential, commercial and roll-off trucks and enjoys a reputation for excellence in customer service. With a 68 year track record the company has thrived by keeping Mr. Milton Tyler’s founding philosophy of “take care of the customer and they will take care of you”.

Our Team

Jim ReedCompany President

James “Jim” Reed is the President of Tyler’s Sanitation. Since 1997, Reed has owned and managed multiple waste operation and specialty hauling companies. He has vast experience in all areas of the waste industry where he has earned a reputation for providing excellent customer service to the customers his companies have served.

Prior to heading up the team at Tyler’s Sanitation, Reed served as president of Carolina Redi-Mix and president of Southland Sanitation. While at Southland Sanitation, Reed grew the company from a single truck operation into the largest privately owned waste hauling company in the Carolinas.

Jim Reed is an active member of his local church. He has served on several committees and as a church deacon. In 2009, Reed founded the Carolina Christian Foundation, an organization which funds worldwide mission and evangelism efforts. Today, Reed continues to serve as a CCF board member and is active in the organization’s outreach program. Reed is also an advisory board member of Victorious Christian Harvesters, a Laredo Texas mission organization. He gives all credit for his business success to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In his free time, Reed enjoys spending time with his wife and children on his family farm.

“We love being Aiken’s premier waste services company but don’t take it for granted. We strive to provide customer service excellence in every area of our business. We are extremely excited about the future of Tyler’s and the opportunities that lie ahead in all areas of our business here. While all areas of the business enjoy stable growth, it seems that the opportunities surrounding green energy and recycling are some of the most exciting that I have seen in almost 20 years in this business.”
— Jim Reed

Ron GroomsGeneral Manager


Ron Grooms joined Tyler’s Sanitation as its General Manger in 2013 and oversees Tyler’s day-to-day operations. Previously, Grooms owned a successful insurance agency in Aiken for 20 years. As an agent, Grooms received numerous company leadership and customer service awards. Grooms has also been involved in numerous community organizations such as the Greater Aiken Chamber of Com merce, Aiken Kiwanis Club, Aiken Masonic Lodge #156, Aiken County Help Line and Aiken Bicycle Club.

Ron and Jim have enjoyed a friendship spanning over 20 years and the two are excited about the opportunity to team up together.

Ron and his family have resided in Aiken since 1994.

Valerie Thomas-UmstedCommercial Sales & Marketing


Valerie Thomas-Umsted joined Tyler’s Sanitation in 2014 as the head of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

Valerie grew up in Aiken and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Working in restaurant management with Applebee’s, various country clubs and private restaurants, she later ventured into organic farming and owned a profitable construction company for 15 years. After moving back to Aiken with her children to be close to family, she worked for the Aiken Standard in advertising.

Valerie is chair of the Ambassadors for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, a member of SWMA and secretary of the Aiken High Booster Club. Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband and children, especially attending her son’s many baseball games.