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All American Waste Recognized By The Business Council Of Fairfield County

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On February 25, 2016, The Business Council of Fairfield County, through its Wellness Roundtable, identified 49 Connecticut employers who are doing something special to promote a healthy workplace and assist all employees to live healthier lives.

All American Waste and its family of companies was recognized as one of those 49 with placement in the Gold Category of Distinction.

“As I have been involved with this program since its inception, I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment these companies have devoted to wellness within their workplaces,” commented Matthew Fair, First Vice President, First Niagara Risk Management Inc. and co-chair of the 2016 Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program. “Regardless of company size, these honorees have used innovative approaches to not just engage, but to measure the effectiveness of their programs over the long-term.”

Healthy Workplace Honoree 2016

All American Waste employees have been working hard to develop healthier strategies through increased efforts to quit smoking, lose weight, increase activity, and more. Those efforts have resulted in improvements in medical insurance metrics and in this recognition from the Fairfield County Wellness Roundtable.

In March, All American Waste’s 2016 Wellness Campaign will kick off with our Know Your Numbers II, Biometric Event as we continue to work at improving our employees’ health and wellness.

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All American Waste Supports the Connecticut Food Bank

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Ken Vallera, Director of Sales & Operations & Joe Engravalle, Major Account Manager of All American Waste presented a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank. The funds will support the Connecticut Food Bank’s relocation to its new, state-of-the-art headquarters and distribution center in Wallingford. The new facility offers double the warehouse capacity of the Food Bank’s former locations in East Haven and Waterbury combined. Interim CEO Paul O’Leary accepted the donation for the Connecticut Food Bank and took team members from All American Waste on a tour of the building.

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Ken Vallera (left), Director of Sales & Operations and Joe Engravalle (right), Major Account Manager of All American Waste present a donation to the Connecticut Food Drive’s interim CEO Pail O’Leary (center).

The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitable food donations. Some 700 partners and programs depend on the Connecticut Food Bank as a lifeline to nutritious food for the communities they serve. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered last year with retailers, donors, volunteers and growers to provide enough food to prepare more than 18 million meals to more than 300,000 people across 127 cities and towns in six Connecticut counties.

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The Connecticut Food Drive’s interim CEO Pail O’Leary (left) takes All American Waste’s Ken Vallera (second from left), Director of Sales & Operations, Joe Engravalle (second from right), Major Account Manager and Mike Powers (right), Sales Manager, on a tour of the their building.
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All American Waste Supports YNHH’s NNICU Expansion

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Leaders from Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale School of Medicine and key supporters, which All American Waste is proud to be one of,  joined in the  December 7, 2015 groundbreaking for the Children’s Hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care and Obstetrical Services units. The project will transform care for women and babies.

For more information, read the full article here: YNHH Articles – NNICU Expansion

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All American Waste Attends Ride Closer To Free Event As Premier Sponsor

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, All American Waste attended the celebration at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT to salute the Closer to Free Riders, Volunteers & Sponsors who went above and beyond in all fundraising efforts for the 2015 5th annual Closer to Free ride to benefit the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven that took place on September 12, 2015.

Closer To Free
Kevin Walsh, Yale-New Haven Closer to Free, Ed Crowley Jr. of Stony Creek Brewery and Joe Engravalle of All American Waste attend the Ride Closer To Free event at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT on December 9, 2015.

Over 1,200 riders & 500 volunteers made this year’s event a huge success. $2.2 million was raised to bring us Closer to Free with 100% of the riders & volunteer fundraising going directly to Smilow & Yale Cancer Center due to the generosity of the sponsors such as All American Waste. This is the 5th year that All American Waste is proud to have been a premier sponsor. In attendance at this event was Joe Engravalle of All American Waste.

The 6th annual Closer to Free ride was also announced at this event. There are so many reasons to join us on September 10, 2016 for the 6th annual Closer to Free Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. If you would like more information, here is their website: http://www.rideclosertofree.org/

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All American Waste Opens CNG Station In New Haven

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NEW HAVEN >> The area’s second refueling station for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas has opened in the city’s Fair Haven section.

The facility is on the property of All American Waste, a New Haven-based garbage hauler with a facility on Wheeler Street in the city. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp visited the new CNG refueling station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

“We are determined to do all we can to encourage business growth and expansion,” Harp said in a statement. “In doing so, we’re working to create good, local jobs for local residents. My administration has also made environmental stewardship a priority, and CNG-powered cars, trucks, and buses fit hand-in-glove with that.”

The new refueling station began operating… Read more at: Area’s 2nd CNG refueling station opens in New Haven

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Healthier Picnics Presented By All American Waste

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Improving the health of our employees and their families has been our focus for some time. In 2014 we established a Wellness Committee to take that focus to a higher level. This effort began in March of 2015 with a “Know Your Numbers” biometrics event that was held at several company locations. From this event, we were able to determine the top factors that were negatively impacting our employee-family quality of life.

It turned out that hypertension was one of those negative factors. Armed with this information, the Wellness Committee explored what could be done in the workplace to begin to address this issue.

Annual summer picnics have been highlights for our employees at various sites between June and September. Historically, the fare at these picnics has been traditional – cheese burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, ice cream and the like. The Wellness Committee detected a correlation between that menu and the problem of hypertension among our employees.

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Employees of Highland Park Market prepare food for All American Waste’s Healthier Picnic in New Haven, CT.

Teaming up with Highland Park Market, the “Healthier Picnics” initiative was developed. In East Windsor, Berlin, South Windsor, New Haven, New Milford, Waterbury, Stratford, Winsted, and Hartford, employees were offered an alternative to the traditional and a more healthy perspective on food that can be good, good for you, and fun.

Highland Park’s menu consisted of tossed salad, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, and grilled salmon. Sides of cucumber tomato salad, black bean salad, Italian-style cole slaw and fruit salad were available as were turkey, ham, and roast beef wraps. Frozen yogurt and healthy drinks rounded out the offerings.

Hundreds of our employees participated in “Healthier Picnics” and were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Plans are in the works for 2016 to expand the number of “Healthier Picnics” and the menus offered.

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All American Waste Participates In The 2015 Source To Sea Cleanup

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A team of volunteers from All American Waste participated in the 19th annual Source To Sea Cleanup on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. The group, cleaning along the Connecticut River on Parsons Road in Enfield, CT, were able to collect a full truck load of trash and recyclables that otherwise would still be littering the river. They joined the hundreds of volunteers from northern New Hampshire and Vermont, down through Massachusetts, all the way to southern Connecticut that took part over the 2 day cleanup. The groups clean in and around the river, as well as surrounding wetlands and tributaries. All American Waste is also a sponsor of the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) yearly Source To Sea Cleanup.

From the CRWC website:

The Source to Sea Cleanup is a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River and its tributaries in the four-state basin (NH, VT, MA, CT). Volunteer group leaders coordinate local cleanup sites where participants of all ages and abilities spend a few hours picking up trash. We all have a responsibility to solve this trash problem— individuals, manufacturers, businesses, and government. By participating in the Source to Sea Cleanup, you are part of the solution for cleaner rivers.

For more information on the Source to Sea Cleanup and how you can get involved, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.

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2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure sponsored by All American Waste

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The 2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure was held on June 14, 2015 at the Durham Fairgrounds. The event raised over $175,000 for the American Diabetes Association, which funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and delivers services and information to hundreds of communities. 316 riders made up the 42 teams that road the 6, 17, 31, 64 and 100 mile courses. All American Waste was a sponsor for the event.

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Members of Team All American Waste pose for a photo during the 2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure, which supports the American Diabetes Association.

There will also be an upcoming walk on October 3, 2015 to benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information on the walk or to register or donate, visit the 2015 Step Out: Connecticut page.

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Manchester Road Race Makes $100,180 In Donations

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The Manchester Road Race is making $100,180 in donations to 19 charitable and non-profit organizations from the proceeds of last year’s Thanksgiving Day run. The annual event raises money for many organizations every year. “The biggest bequest—a check for $20,000—will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Fund. Race
organizers have been raising money to fight the crippling disease since the early 1950s.” USA Hauling & Recycling and All American Waste are major sponsors of the event.

“We are so pleased that the Manchester Road race can assist the vital work being done by all of these organizations,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “Thanks to the generosity of our runners, sponsors, volunteers and supporters, our one-day event benefits the community 365 days a year.”

Click here for the full details about the donations

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All American Waste Sponsors the South Windsor Rotary Club Golf Tournament

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USA Hauling & Recycling and All American Waste were the proud major sponsors of the South Windsor Rotary Club Golf Tournament, which was held to benefit the South Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Wall.

Ralph Mosher, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a 40 year member of the Rotary Club and a 15 year sales representative for USA Hauling & Recycling, was given the privilege and honor of being the Tournament Chairman.

The South Windsor Veteran's Memorial Wall will be 30 yards long, 7 feet high and will include the seals for the five major branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard). The concrete foundation and electrical work will all be donated by local contractors. It will be built in the Veteran Memorial Park on Pleasant Valley Road in South Windsor.
The South Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Wall will be 30 yards long, 7 feet high and will include the seals for the five major branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard). The concrete foundation and electrical work will all be donated by local contractors. It will be built in the Veteran Memorial Park on Pleasant Valley Road in South Windsor.

In today’s world, when our country faces so many threats to our way of life and even to our existence, it is particularly poignant to remember, honor, and pay tribute to all veterans. Keep in mind our veterans are family, neighbors, and other Americans going back to the beginning of our country. We owe our deepest gratitude to all of those people.

It was President Harry S. Truman who said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.” America should never forget their sacrifices. “Freedom is never free!”

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