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Waste Connections releases 2020 sustainability report, commits $500 million for related investments

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Waste Connections, Inc. has released its 2020 Sustainability Report. Highlights include:

  • Addressing unprecedented challenges: As an essential services provider during uncertain times, Waste Connections recognized that reducing employee concerns regarding income, healthcare and family obligations would enable the company to meet customer commitments, reduce voluntary turnover and further improve safety performance. To provide that support, Waste Connections committed more than $35 million in incremental costs primarily directed to discretionary supplemental pay for frontline employees, and, among other initiatives, increased its minimum wage target to $15/hour, expanded benefits and provided scheduling flexibility to accommodate employee needs.
  • Establishing sustainability targets: Waste Connections specified long-term, aspirational sustainability targets and committed over $500 million for investments to meet or exceed such targets. These investments primarily focus on reducing emissions, increasing resource recovery of both recyclable commodities and biogas, reducing reliance on off-site disposal for landfill leachate and increasing employee engagement.
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion:  The company has focused its leadership summit on understanding and mitigating unintended biases, incorporated diversity and inclusion into both servant leadership training and assessments of managers by employees, enhanced recruiting practices to ensure the broadest candidate pools, and supported the development of employee resource groups including the Waste Connections Women's Network and Veterans' S.E.R.V.E. Network. 

The Waste Connections 2020 Sustainability Report is available here.