CAMPBELLTON, Fla. — Nov. 9, 2017— Waste Management’s Springhill Landfill held its 50th Environmental Educational Landfill Tour today with local students and commemorated the facility’s latest Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Re-Certification.
Students from Riverside Elementary, by their academic performance, were selected to participate in the day’s range of activities and were welcomed by local Jackson County dignitaries and Waste Management Springhill Landfill officials. Those gathered joined together to applaud these high-achieving students and celebrate the facility’s prestigious environmental award as recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council. The “Conservation Certification” is a coveted honor and Springhill Landfill earned this re-certification by landfill employees investing their time to implement meaningful wildlife habitat management practices as well as conducting on-site educational and conservation programs.
“In achieving this honor, Springhill Landfill, Waste Management and most significantly, our employees can feel proud of their long-term commitment to managing a vibrant habitat for wildlife while educating our local students and neighbors on conservation,” said Ronnie Bell, local public sector services manager for Waste Management.
During the guided tour, students and other invited guests – which included Jackson County Commissioners Eric Hill, Willie Spires and James Peacock – learned how a landfill operates, created edible landfills, observed storm water ponds and visited natural forested wetlands, among other activities. Following the tour, guests enjoyed lunch before officially commemorating the Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification.
To obtain the re-certification, Springhill Landfill participated in a rigorous review process, which analyzed the facility’s contribution to conservation and education, corporate commitment, along with the project’s direct impact to the local community.
“For decades, the Springhill Landfill has been one of Jackson County’s biggest supporters in programs and projects, community outreach and environmental stewardship,” said Bell. “As an example, Waste Management has invested more than $12 million in host fees to Jackson County since 2007. This significant contribution serves to keep taxes in Jackson County lower and provides much-needed support for beneficial services to Jackson County residents. We always welcome the opportunity to showcase the great things happening at Springhill Landfill and look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with Jackson County leaders and neighbors to deliver a meaningful and positive impact to the local community, now and well into the future.”
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