Waste Management gives back to communities throughout the U.S. and Canada through financial contributions, in-kind giving, participation on an organization’s board or the sharing of our expertise. Whenever possible, we engage with local stakeholders to understand specific community needs.
Volunteering in Our Communities
We pride ourselves on having an employee base dedicated to revitalizing our local communities through kind acts of volunteerism. Employees may take eight hours per year of paid time off during work hours for volunteer efforts. In 2015, volunteers reported contributing nearly 800 hours during paid working hours. This total does not reflect the thousands of hours we know our employees volunteer on their own time. As part of our work with Keep America Beautiful and the Wildlife Habitat Council, we encourage our employees to volunteer in their local areas on projects we sponsor throughout the year. Here are a few of the examples of how Waste Management employees supported their communities in 2015:
- Phoenix frontload commercial driver Rick Boersema suggested a food drive competition to see which line of business could collect the most food for a holiday drive benefiting the Valley of the Sun United Way. The maintenance and sales team won, collecting 989 items; in total, Phoenix North employees collected more than 2,000 items to benefit 82,000 households.
- Drivers from Northern Virginia, Gaithersburg, Fredericksburg, Baltimore and Southern Maryland provided pickup and disposal services of all 230,000 wreaths delivered to Arlington National Cemetery for the winter holidays.
- Our Western Canada team made a young cancer survivor’s day when they granted his wish to see a truck in real life. Driver Len Robinson arrived at his door with a Waste Management hat, a toy truck and, best of all, the chance to sit in a disposal truck.