DAILY NEWS Apr 22, 2014 10:40 AM - 0 comments

Emterra nearing $200,000 mark for cancer donations

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By: SWR Staff

In celebration of Earth Day, Emterra Group CEO Emmie Leung has announced that Emterra is making a 2014 donation of $44,000 to help fight cancer in Niagara Region, bringing total donations to $119,900.

Emterra, Niagara Region’s recycling, waste and organics collection contractor, marks its third year of donating under its Make Your Contribution at the Curb! fundraising challenge to the regional Walker Family Cancer Centre. For every tonne recycled, Emterra contributes $1 to the hospital fundraising campaign.

In 2012, Emterra pledged to donate up to $500,000 over seven years (20112018) to the cancer centre through the Niagara Heath System’s It’s Our Time fundraising endeavour. The size of the donation each year is based on the amount Niagara residents recycle through their blue and grey recycling boxes.

“We’re really proud of the way Niagara residents have responded to the ‘Make Your Contribution’ challenge,” Leung said in a statement, noting that even with the weight of recyclables getting lighter, Niagara residents in both single family and multifamily households consistently keep the annual number of tonnes at about 39,000. 

“Congratulations to Niagara! You have done an outstanding job and we encourage you to continue to find ways to recycle more. There’s room to grow the amount we donate,” Leung said. 

Estimates are that about 12 per cent of the recyclable materials in the residential waste stream are still going into garbage bags instead of blue and grey boxes.

One Foundation for Niagara Health System (NHS) is the hospital foundation that fundraises on behalf of the cancer centre and hospital sites of the Niagara Health System. Board Chair Mike Watt said the foundation is “grateful to have Emterra Group as a community partner supporting the growth of services for cancer care in Niagara.”

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