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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.

Region of Niagara, ON


Total donated since 2011:

$273,970.00

That's 273,970 tonnes of recyclables
diverted from the landfill


Donation benefits the Walker
Family Cancer Centre

Courtenay and Comox, BC


Total donated since 2011:

$19,435.00

That's 19,435 tonnes of recyclables
diverted from the landfill


Donation benefits the Comox
Valley Healthcare Foundation

The WRENCH

The WRENCH

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

Shred-a-Thon

Shred-a-Thon

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.

Plate-to-Plant

Plate-to-Plant

Emterra has partnered with Winnipeg Harvest in a project to support their Community Gardens program. The Winnipeg Harvest is a food bank with a different menu. While they continue to collect and share food, they also offer training opportunities to teach their clients how to grow their own food. In fact, they are trying to grow themselves out of business, and eliminate the need for food banks in the community, for good.

Emterra pledged $60,000 in sponsorship funding over three years to support this program. Those funds are planting the seeds for future development, including expanding the growing space and making the gardens more accessible.

In another twist, much of the gardens are growing in blue recycling boxes that were no longer needed, thus extending the value and usefulness of these blue boxes.

Emterra believes this partnership with Winnipeg Harvest is the perfect recipe for a healthier and environmentally stronger community!

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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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