Dec. 13, 2012
-- Emterra Environmental and the citizens of Chilliwack have come together to benefit the Salvation Army and the environment in time for Christmas with a record-setting Shred-a-Thon. The event, held December 1, aims to collect cash and food donations for the Salvation Army. The community and Emterra exceeded previous event records in terms of paper shredded (and thus diverted) and food/funds raised. The City of Chilliwack, Shred-It and the Cottonwood Mall, where the event is held, are co-sponsors.
Terry Dawson, Emterra Environmental’
s operations manager in Chilliwack, was pleased to relay that the event exceeded the best previous results achieved over the 4 year history of the event that runs twice annually. Dawson stated, “We actually had to stop shredding paper three quarters of an hour before the event was to end because the truck was about to burst. The Shred-It driver allowed us to hand bomb the last hundred boxes and bags into the back of his truck for transport to his facility where he set about shredding the last of it.”
Emterra Environmental routinely supports communities it serves across Canada, and the Christmas Shred-a-Thon represents a win-win-win for the community. It raises much needed charitable donations while raising the consciousness of community residents when it comes to recycling waste otherwise destined for landfill. Residents are further assured that their paper waste contribution would be securely shredded. Dawson notes that diverting waste is not only “…good for the landfill [but also] good for the environment.”
The record breaking event saw citizens donate 1,400 food items and $2,100 in cash, matched by Emterra Environmental. “The response was outstanding,”
Dawson said, and added. “We were inspired by the generosity of the people who came to the event, so we decided to go the extra mile, too. Instead of matching the cash donations up to a total of $500, as planned, we’re going to match the full amount and give the Sally Ann an additional $2,100 bringing their cash donations to $4,200.”
The Chilliwack Shred-a-Thon is one of the many worthwhile charitable and environmental endeavours that Emterra supports across Canada through its “Community CareTM” program. The goal of the “Community CareTM” program is to work as a partner in municipalities where Emterra provides waste and resources collection and processing services to contribute to an improved and healthier environment and more sustainable communities.
With operations in Ontario, BC, Manitoba and shortly, Saskatchewan;
Canadian waste management company Emterra Group (www.emterra.ca
) continues to demonstrate leadership in developing ways to create environmentally healthy communities while working towards it “zero waste” mission.