The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) has honoured Advanced Disposal of Decatur, Illinois with its Community Changemakers distinction for helping the city clear an illegal dump site at no charge.
“The selflessness and community solidarity displayed by Advanced Disposal are the type of traits we seek to honor with our Community Changemakers program,” said EIA president and CEO Sharon Kneiss in a July 11, 2013 statement to media.
Decatur approached Advanced Disposal Area Manager Christopher Rooney in early 2013 after it discovered an alleyway near Oakland Avenue where residents had illegally dumped more than 250 tonnes of garbage. Clearing the site would have cost the city more than $15,000 it had not budgeted for waste removal.
“Advanced Disposal has a strong commitment to the communities we serve and in helping to keep them clean and green. This project fits very nicely into that objective,” said Rooney. “The managers took some time out of their day to go help and operate the equipment and make it happen.”
Advanced Disposal worked with heavy equipment loaned by Altorfer Inc. in nearby Springfield, Ill., to haul and dispose of the garbage. The Norfolk Southern railroad also provided support. Rooney said managers rotated through the project, with one manager, Ken Wuehler, taking the lead. It took about four days for workers to clear the illegal dumpsite.
“Those of us in the solid waste industry work very hard to do our job in a safe and environmentally friendly manner,” Rooney said. “We live in the communities where we work and take a great deal of personal pride in what we do. We work hard every day to make a difference, and to be recognized by our national association is very special.”
Through its Community Changemakers program, EIA recognizes companies and individuals in America’s waste and recycling industry who are making notable impacts through new innovations and advancements in waste management, recycling, environmental protection and other related activities—achievements that go above and beyond the call of duty. EIA Community Changemakers are leaders and role models in their communities. For more information about the program, please click here.