Commitment to Community

Businesses need to be involved in the communities we serve!

In business, there is give and take; but as a community member, especially a business, it is important to be involved in your community affairs and to give back. For our operation, we use “Commitment to Community”. As the local solid waste & recycling hauler, the community we serve has to be our focus or we will fail. If we were not involved in our community outside of our business, how could we expect our community to thrive? Think about it.

The way the solid waste industry is set up in many local communities, is that usually there is one hauler contracted with the local governing authority to serve the people. Our service options and rates are controlled by that governing authority and the State also weighs in on things. There are many reasons for this type of set up in the solid waste industry, and in setting it up this way, solid waste haulers play a vital role in the community in which they serve. So, they HAVE to be involved somehow in the interests of the community!

What does it mean to be involved though? For us as a waste hauler, we are here to collect the garbage and recycling of EVERYONE who signs up for service. After serving our customers, our aim is to participate in the various community events that go on throughout the year. Besides service donations, we also try to attend meetings, work through service organizations, such as Rotary International, or even assist in other ways so that we get out and work toward something larger than us.

Of course, we can always do more to give back by getting more involved but the goal is help them out by doing what we are here to do. Too often, other forces disrupt local organizations that cause rifts and allow political alliances to further agendas that do not always benefit the community. Again, focusing on our main purpose, we aim to serve all involved and stay on the side of the community.

It can be called being political but we look at it as community involvement. We are committed to our community and have to know our role in the big picture. We have a vested interested in the success of our community and only working as team can we all succeed. By actively participating, we get to work alongside many other businesses and residents who are devoted to the success of our community. Without that vested interest of a community working together, nothing happens.

So, we can all set aside our egos no matter what community you are in and all do our part to make it a better place to live and work. Without that common interest and teamwork, our communities will remain stagnant and lose the energy of progress. We all have to ask ourselves if we are doing enough in the areas we serve. If so, how can we get more involved to increase the teamwork? If not, what can we do to get more involved?

Do you have some success stories from your local community and business environment? I bet there are countless….do share.



Author: Damon Shea

Currently, I operate a waste hauling and recycling company in Northeastern California and I am also working through an eMBA program. Per one of my courses we are emerging ourselves into social media and that is my main purpose behind blogging and all of the other social avenues that I am involved with. My blog will focus on the waste & recycling industry and any subject matter within. Born into the waste hauling business, I have been playing in and around garbage containers since a child and am not afraid to haul away what you throw out. As a leader/manager, I have found that it is the people who do the work and not the equipment, so I have focused on understanding all peoples, especially my team. About me personally, I am of Italian/Irish decent, Roman Catholic. I am the youngest of three children and am now married with a beautiful strong wife and two awesome girls. Through my job, I am a member of Rotary International and I also sit on the board of our local Chamber of Commerce. We are heavily involved with building up the community that we serve and will do all in power to make garbage and recycling an easy process. Together we can explore the myths and realities of the waste & recycling industry and perhaps still make the world a better place.

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