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EGG-cellent Community Turn Out for the Shotwell Landfill Earth Day Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 11, 2022


More than 600 Neighbors and Community Members Celebrate

the Environment and Easter Season 


Raleigh, N.C. (April 11, 2022) – Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, celebrated an Earth Day-themed event on Saturday, April 9 with more than 600 neighbors and community members from Wake, Johnston, other neighboring counties at the Shotwell Landfill, soon to be renamed Shotwell Environmental Park,4724 Smithfield Road in Wendell, NC.

The day’s festivities started with outdoor activities including an inflatable obstacle course and a bounce house, Meridian Waste’s signature Touch-A-Truck field, egg painting, face painting, and outdoor games.  Hayride tours of the construction and demolition debris landfill were additional activities and helped citizens understand the need for recycling and disposal facilities. And that well-run disposal facilities can be clean and green while providing a vital infrastructure asset to the community.  

Free lunch and shaved ice complimented the 1,200-egg Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt fields were divided into three age groups from two to four years of age, five to seven years of age, and eight to 10 years of age for safety and fairness purposes. In each field, ten hand-painted Earth Eggs were hidden, and each lucky child who found an egg received a special prize. All egg hunt participants received an Earth-themed Easter bag complete with wildflower seeds, candy, bubbles, and information about Meridian Waste’s national Earth Day Coloring Contest. Visit the website at

“Welcoming our neighbors to Shotwell is something that we truly love to do,” said Josh Daher, Area President for Meridian Waste in North Carolina.  “Building trust within the community is important to our team of solid waste professionals while ensuring timely and environmentally safe collection, recycling and disposal of the waste materials we manage,” he said.  “We are proud to be called garbage men and ladies, and it’s exciting to see our youngest community members and their parents equally as excited about our trucks, landfill equipment, and fun-filled events. The event helped to change the perspective some have about the solid waste business, especially disposal sites.  Meridian Waste and the solid waste industry keep our communities clean and we believe that it can be fun, too.”

Shotwell Landfill hosts multiple community events each year at its facility.  For more information about future family-friendly events, visit


PHOTO 1: Attendees enjoying a hayride tour of Shotwell Landfill.

PHOTO 2: The brightest smile from one of the happiest kids in the bounce house.

PHOTO 3: These smiling girls were two of 30 lucky egg hunters who found the special Earth Eggs.


About Meridian Waste

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Meridian Waste is a company defined by its commitment to servicing its customers, caring for and engaging its employees, and generating financial value for its shareholders while delivering a clean and healthy community. The company’s core waste business is centered on residential, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous solid waste collection and disposal. Currently, the company operates in Northeast Fla., St. Louis, Mo., Raleigh, N.C., Goldston, NC, Greenville, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Blacksburg, Va., Harrisonburg, Va., and Richmond, Va. servicing more than 203,913 residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential, and roll-off trucks, the company operates 13 hauling companies, eight transfer stations/materials recycling facilities (MRFs), two municipal solid waste landfills, and three C&D landfills in which 936,229 tons of waste are safely disposed of annually. For more information, visit



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