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Community Happenings

Garbage Men & Women Doing Good in the Community 

Here you will find a selection of our stories from the communities we serve and the environmental heroes who are part of the Meridian Waste team. 

Ashleigh Garnes receives her 40 Under 40 Award at this year's WasteExpo
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Ashleigh Garnes, General Manager - Blue Ridge Hauling & MRF Operations, flanked by Chief Operating Officer -Dave Lavender (left) and Vice President of Operations - Charlie Gray (right) pose for a photo at WasteExpo 5/2/2023 upon receipt of Ashleigh’s 40 Under 40 Award from Waste 360 for expemplary operational efficiencies and community involvement efforts in her market area of Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia.

Meridian Waste’s Eagle Ridge Landfill hosted its Great Big Earth Day Party
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On Earth Day 2022, Meridian Waste’s Eagle Ridge Landfill hosted its Great Big Earth Day Party welcoming over 330 neighbors and guests to highlight the features of our state-of-the-art municipal solid waste landfill and have some family fun. One of the environmental give-aways that we shared with our community were tree saplings and flower seeds.

Brightening the World! Meridian Waste Announces Its 4th Annual Children’s Earth Day Coloring Contest Winners.
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The online contest took place over the last 50 days nationwide with 162 entries received.  Three winners were placed in each age category of 5-7 and 8-10 years of age. 

Lower Appomattox River Clean-Up Day
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Friends of Lower Appomattox River share pictures and a BIG thank you to Meridian Waste - Petersburg, VA Hauling for sponsoring their April 15th Clean up Event with the donation of roll off containers for the containment and removal of litter and debris collected form the clean up.
Siloam Christian Preschool - Touch-A-Truck
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On Thursday, April 6, 2023, Meridian Waste - ECO Waste South Carolina staff volunteered their time and knowledge to show off a Meridian Waste - ECO Waste roll-off truck and accompanying compactor unit. 
Ashleigh Garnes of Meridian Waste shares how she has used her people skills to her advantage in management.
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With a background in sales, Ashleigh Garnes, a five-year employee with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Meridian Waste, taps into her people skills to manage her region and establish a customer service culture across Meridian’s Blue Ridge, Virginia, operations.

She shares more about her work at Meridian Waste in an interview with Waste Today Magazine.

EGG-citing Earth Day Easter Egg Hunt at Shotwell Environmental Park
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More than 200 neighbors and community members helped Meridian Waste kick off Earth Month and the Easter season by attending our Big, Bright Earth Day Party and Easter Egg Hunt on April 1 at the Shotwell Environmental Park.

Always a Crowd Pleaser - Even at Weddings!
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The Meridian Waste - Auxiliary Services Team attended this past weekend’s Wedding Expo in Raleigh, NC to show off our event restroom trailer. 

Blue Ridge Staff Saves Teammate's Life
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Thank you to the four Blue Ridge employees who demonstrated fast thinking and worked together to save a fellow staff member during a medical crisis. Because of their actions, they have each been presented with Meridian Waste’s Life Saver Award.
Team Members Receive Missouri Landfill Operator Certification
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Congratulations to our four (4) Missouri Department of Natural Resources Certified Solid Waste Technicians.

 
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