All American Waste recently participated in a food and toy drive in Enfield, Somers, East Windsor and Suffield, Connecticut. The toys will be distributed to all local police departments to supply their inventory. “This has been a heartwarming event for the last 15 years or so,” said Frank Marci, Public Relations Manager for All American Waste. “We love putting smiles on kid’s faces that may otherwise not have the opportunity to receive gifts during the holiday season.” Employees and their family and friends from all of All American Waste’s locations participated in the yearly event.
All American Waste attended the 2014 Connecticut Recyclers’ Coalition (CRC) Connecticut Organics Recycling Conference and Trade Show on December 16, 2014 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut. Mark Murren (Permanent Sales Manager), Dave Casarano and Patti Oberg (Outside Sales Representatives) and Joe Engravalle (Major Accounts Manager) had a booth promoting All American Waste’s food scraps and organics recycling programs and to answers questions from attendees of the event about how the programs are beneficial to all involved.
The event included a speech from Lee Sawyer of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on “…their plan to update the state’s current Solid Waste Management Plan pursuant to Public Act 14-94, including provisions for stakeholder and public input. The significance of the recycling of organic material as a key strategy to help meet the new 60% statewide recycling goal [was discussed] and an overview of Connecticut’s Organics Recycling Law.”
The event also included talks about community and municipal composting programs where panelists spoke “…about their experience and lessons learned from their community and municipal composting programs. [They shared] where they see challenges and promise for future small to mid-scale organics recycling to develop in Connecticut.” During the commercial organics facilities forum, they spoke about “The state’s leading commercial composting facilities and anaerobic digestion developers [explained] their system operations and various technologies. In addition, they [presented] their views on the promise each holds toward overcoming the challenges to diverting the state’s organic waste from waste stream as well as the creation of sustainable energy and products.” The final forum included technologies and infrastructure challenges for statewide organics recycling and composting. Panelists included “waste haulers and large institutional and commercial food waste generators [presenting] their perspectives on the infrastructure challenges that must be overcome to achieve a successful statewide organics recycling program. The panel [addressed] where they see key barriers and opportunities with current issues, such as costs and logistics.”
As a proponent of increased usage of organics recycling in Connecticut and nationwide, All American Waste continues to stay at the forefront of innovations and supports its’ increased recognition as a viable option for commercial and residential purposes. For more information on how their program works and why it helps the community, see All American Waste’s Food Scraps & Organics Recycling page.
All American Waste participated in the annual New Milford Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony on the New Milford village green on Saturday, November 29th. This was the 48th year the trees have been put up in the event that has become a community tradition. The event was highlighted by the lighting of the Christmas tree on the green, visits with Santa, caroling and a parade of lights courtesy of the volunteer fire department. All American Waste, along with other local business and a dozen fire trucks participated in the 30 minute parade and other events, bringing to life Sesame Street favorites Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and fan favorite Elmo. Employees dressed as the famous characters, delighting the children in attendance and handing out glow sticks.
The event also highlighted Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Local merchants were in attendance prior to the ceremony to meet with people attending from the community. The idea of small business Saturday, which started in 2010, has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
The New Milford Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony was sponsored by the New Milford Chamber of Commerce. www.newmilford-chamber.com The trees are put up by the United Methodist Men of the New Milford United Methodist. www.newmilfordumc.org
You can see more photos at the event in this newstimes.com slideshow.