Everyone knows that Waste Management takes care and genuine pride in keeping Virginia beautiful. A lot of folks also know that the company generates a special kind of electricity, called “landfill-gas-to-energy,” through waste renewal technology. In fact, Waste Management generates enough of this renewable power source to power nearly 500,000 homes. Not enough people, however, know that Waste Management truly cares about the people and the communities it serves.
You may be tempted to think that Waste Management is a giant, faceless corporation, with its cutting-edge technology, a fleet of more than 32,000 collection and support vehicles, and the largest natural gas truck fleet in the industry. The truth, however, is that the company has a face, and more importantly, a heart in every community it serves. It creates real and meaningful good in its community—just like the Wakefield Ruritans and the Shad Planking. Waste Management is driven to help, show gratitude, and foster creativity.
Beyond trash collection and recycling services, Atlantic Waste Disposal, a subsidiary of Waste Management, plays an active part in the everyday lives of the families it serves, making sure that its good works can reach every woman, man, and child. Jason Williams, the long-serving District Manager in the Wakefield Area, takes special care to support children, education, athletics, responsible hunting, animal life, and the entire ecosystem. The list of community partnerships that Atlantic Waste Disposal has forged in the Wakefield area is extensive. Here is just a small sampling:
- Yearly sponsors of the Wakefield Ruritans and the Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival
- Sponsor of the Waverly Ruritan Club
- Sponsor of the Waverly youth football team, “The Green Machine,” which is named after Waste Management
- Sponsor of local science clubs
- Sponsor of the J.E.J. Moore Middle School Lego robotics competition
- Supporter of Ducks Unlimited.
In addition, Waste Management built a beautiful butterfly garden behind its administration building, which you are invited to visit. The company is certified with the Wildlife Habitat Council, a respected national organization, and protects more than 50 Bald Eagles that live on Waste Management land in the winter. The company’s respect for nature and Virginia’s natural beauty underpins its reasons for supporting the Shad Planking. The Wakefield Sportsmen’s Club, where the event is held, is a gorgeous example of nature’s wonder coexisting with modern living. Each year Waste Management donates receptacles, time, and money to the Ruritans to help make sure that the grounds are just as beautiful the day after the event as they were the day before.
Buy your tickets now to be a part of the festival where people can celebrate, learn, and meet new friends right in the middle of nature. Thanks to the folks at Waste Management, you won’t have to worry about keeping Virginia Beautiful; that’s why they’re here.