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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. 

Jacksonville Hiring Event A Success on the Westside
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Meridian Waste held a team member hiring event at its hauling operations facility located at 2078 Lane Avenue North in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, August 26 with 122 candidates for commercial driver's license (CDL) drivers, helpers, mechanics, and dispatch positions.

Meridian Waste Invests In Life-saving Measures Throughout All Operating Facilities
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Meridian Waste has provided financial and employee training with $15,700 and 113 hours, respectively, to upgrade and protect its team members with the installation and personnel training of automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) first aid training in all company operating locations.  Meridian Waste places great importance on the safety and health of the company's most vital assets, its people. 

Please Don’t Go!
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Golden Retriever puppy, Harvey Messinger (pictured at eleven (11) weeks old) pouts as his dad, Patrick Messinger, now Area President - North Carolina, prepares for work at Meridian Waste.

Garbage Man to Harvard Student - Conor Walsh, Intern Spring/Summer 2023
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Today, we bid a fond farewell to Conor Walsh who has served Meridian Waste HQ as our 2022-2023 Intern. Conor will be enjoying a few more weeks of summer prior to attending Harvard University as a Freshman and  Harvard football team player starting in August 2023.

Kevin Woodard - An All-Around Team Player!
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On June 27th, Kevin received his Shout Out certificate from Joe Gustaf, General Manager and Director - Landfill Operations among his peers at Meridian Waste’s Lunenburg Landfill. The Shout Out by Pam B., a resident of Lunenburg County, read, “Kevin Woodard is a hard worker and a good driver for the company.”

Meridian Waste Announces Promotion of Cooper Tharp, Site Manager – Shotwell Environmental Park
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Meridian Waste announces the promotion of Cooper Tharp to site manager at Shotwell Environmental Park. Tharp’s three years with Meridian Waste have progressively increased with site responsibility and compliance knowledge, first as a heavy equipment operator to landfill supervisor, and most recently to site manager. 

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.

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.

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.

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