Waste Management of Canada

March 29, 2006 13:51 ET

Waste Management of Canada Launches Waste Watch Program in Surrey; First Site in BC for Waste Management's Community Crime Prevention Program

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2006) - Waste Management of Canada, in partnership with the Surrey Crime Prevention Society and the Surrey RCMP, launched the Waste Watch program today in Surrey.

WM drivers will be trained by the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, along with the Surrey RCMP, on how to correctly report situations that should be brought to the attention of authorities. WM operates trucks daily within Surrey and each truck is equipped with a 2-way radio or cell phone, providing constant communication between the driver and WM dispatch. WM drivers will report suspicious activities or emergency situations observed during their daily routes.

"We feel the Waste Watch program will be a big asset to the safety of residents and businesses in Surrey," said Jim King, Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society.

"Our drivers are out working at times when businesses may be closed and residents are at work or asleep," said Cam Hantiuk, Director, Public Affairs, Western Canada for Waste Management. "They can spot and immediately report situations like vehicle crashes, fires, road hazards or suspicious activities. The training program makes a real difference so our drivers can report these situations effectively."

Mayor Diane Watts applauded the Waste Watch Partnership. "I commend Waste Management for the development of this community program and the Surrey Crime Prevention Society and Surrey RCMP for training all drivers for what to watch for and the proper reporting procedures," said Mayor Watts.

"Developing partnerships is an important part of crime prevention and we appreciate Waste Management's willingness to become involved," said Cpl. Miriam Booth from Surrey RCMP. "The extra 'eyes and ears' in the community not only makes our jobs easier, but it makes Surrey a safer place in which to live, work and play."

As Canada's leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, Waste Management offers state-of-the-art residential, commercial and industrial collection, recycling and disposal services throughout the country. Waste Management of Canada employs over 3,000 people at 116 locations in 8 provinces, servicing 4.5 million residential customers and 170,000 industrial and commercial customers. The Company owns and/or operates 20 recycling recovery facilities and 18 landfills.

A subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, the knowledge, experience and resources of North America's largest environmental services organization backs the Company. Together, Waste Management's 51,700 employees company-wide serve nearly 21 million municipal, commercial, industrial and residential customers throughout Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico.

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

Contact Information

  • Waste Management of Canada
    Cam Hantiuk
    Cell: (780) 233-0226