Waste Management earns WHC accreditation for conservation work at eight Canadian landfills
Eight landfill sites operated across Canada by Waste Management have received international accreditation from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Three of the sites were previously certified and have received re-certification status from WHC; the remaining five are newly certified. The accreditations, announced November 14 at the WHC's 18th Annual Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, recognize demonstrated leadership in environmental stewardship, community outreach and conservation education.
The following Waste Management sites in Ontario and Quebec have received WHC certification for the first time; each is noted for a distinguishing environmental highlight.
*The Ottawa site features owl nesting platforms and nesting tubes for mallard ducks.
*The Richmond, Ontario site focuses on avian conservation, with particular attention to wood ducks and bluebirds. This site will eventually incorporate recycled materials into the building of boardwalks and benches.
*The Ste Sophie, Quebec operation features over 200 planted spruce trees and popular horse trails.
*The Magog, Quebec site incorporates a beaver habitat restoration project in the heavily forested area
*The Saint Nicephore, Quebec site contains exclusively native planted species of white spruce, jack pine and sugar maple trees to offset their endangerment in the region.
Waste Management's recertified Canadian landfill sites are all in southwestern Ontario. They include:
* the Blackwell operation near Sarnia, which incorporates parkland and wetland communities into the naturalization of the property;
*the Petrolia site, which contains an ecosystem for wildlife habitat, providing nesting and grazing for birds and several wildlife species; and
*the Warwick site in Watford, in which thousands of planted poplar trees have been planted to create an ecosystem for insects, birds and mammals.
Waste Management also received the WHC's President's Award based on the company's wildlife habitat management and environmental education programs at 16 landfill sites across North America. This year marks the first time that an organization has received the award; the previous three winners have been individuals.
The WHC's international accreditation program recognizes commendable wildlife habitat management and environmental education programs at individual sites. Certification criteria are stringent and site operators must demonstrate that their programs have been active for at least one year with a management plan that lists goals, objectives and prescriptions and complete documentation of all programs.
Waste Management says its landfill sites are the only WHC-certified sites in Canada. The company has a total of 24 WHC-certified landfills across North America. Together they provide more than 17,000 acres of protected lands for wetlands and wildlife habitats, which are managed in partnership with conservationists, universities and environmental groups.
The WHC, a nonprofit organization, works with companies and conservation groups to increase the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. In doing so, WHC seeks to balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse and sustainable environment. WHC-assisted projects cover more than two million acres in 48 states, Puerto Rico and 16 other countries.