Community Care ™

Committed to improving the environmental health and well-being of the communities in which we live and work

Through our Community Care program, we partner with local organizations to design and implement innovative charitable giving programs. These programs not only donate funds to worthy community causes, but also heighten awareness around waste reduction, entice consumers and businesses to recycle more and link community health to sustainability.

Make Your Contribution at the Curb™

For every tonne of recyclables that residents place at the curb, Emterra donates $1. Make Your Contribution at the Curb, and it’s a program where we challenge communities to recycle more, and their response decides the funds we donate.

The program is running in two Canadian communities, including the Niagara Region in ON, as well as the City of Courtenay and the Town of Comox on Vancouver Island, BC.

Make Your Contribution at the Curb™

Region of Niagara, ON

Total donated since 2011:


That's 345,082 tonnes of recyclables
diverted from the landfill

Donation benefits the Walker
Family Cancer Centre

Courtenay and Comox, BC

Total donated since 2011:


That's 24,526 tonnes of recyclables
diverted from the landfill

Donation benefits the Comox
Valley Healthcare Foundation



At Emterra, we believe every child should experience the joy of riding a bike – especially since it’s a green mode of transportation and it keeps kids moving. To support this, Emterra has partnered with The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (WRENCH) and their ‘Earn-a-Bike’ program.

Through this program, kids are taught how to restore and transform recovered bikes, which contributes to a circular economy. Emterra then purchases helmets, and delivers those helmets and newly restored bikes to the kids who earned them.

Landfill Barometer

Metric tonnes of waste diverted by Emterra



The semi-annual Shred-a-Thon, in the City of Chilliwack, BC, is a bit of a tradition for this community nestled in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Each June and December, Emterra teams up with Shred-It and the Salvation Army, and residents make the trip to the Cottonwood Mall parking lot, where they can recycle and shred their cardboard and personal documents free of charge. In return, they are encouraged to bring a cash or food donation for the Salvation Army in Chilliwack. At each event, Emterra matches cash donations.

The event lays the perfect trail where one community need, the food bank, intersects with another community need, recycling, and each time, the community fills the parking lot and are eager to participate.


Emterra Clean Community Cup

The Emterra Clean Community Cup™ (ECCC) is an opportunity for members of the City and County of Peterborough and surrounding areas to partner with Emterra Environmental and the Peterborough Petes to create clean communities. True champions are community champions, and in the quest to hoist the Clean Community Cup™, this challenge will make our communities cleaner and greener.

To participate, family team units must take part in a community clean-up initiative and record their efforts and share it on social media using the hashtag, #CleanCommunityCup.

We will be giving away weekly and monthly prize packs. And, at the end of the Pete’s hockey season, a winning family will receive the grand prize - a $1,000 Visa gift card.

The puck dropped on this multi-year partnership between Emterra and the Petes on Monday, October 26, 2020 - following Waste Reduction Week and Ontario’s inaugural Provincial Day of Action on Litter.

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Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight

A shared vision for community, business and art

What do a shared vision, 1,111 melted aluminum cans and shattered recycled glass have in common? The answer can be found in a long-standing strategic partnership, and a symbolic piece of art fashioned from recovered and recycled materials that now proudly hangs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Community Spotlight