Emterra Environmental's donation to cancer care in Niagara reaches $345,000

October 29, 2020

Emterra Environmental’s donation to cancer care in Niagara reaches $345,000 thanks to residents’ 2019 recycling efforts
- Donation to help fight cancer totals $33,182 for 2019 -

ST. CATHARINES, ON (October 29, 2020) – When Emterra Environmental began providing recycling, waste, and organics collection services in the Region of Niagara in 2011, it established an Emterra Community CareTM program called ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTM’. Through this program, Emterra pledged to donate annually to Niagara’s Walker Family Cancer Centre to support the new facility and to help fight cancer in the region.
Today, Emterra’s Paulina Leung, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development presented a cheque for $33,182 to the Niagara Health Foundation, bringing the total for donations over nine years to more than $345,000.

When Emterra Environmental first committed to a program to improve the quality of life in the Region, it wanted to donate to the Niagara Health Foundation in support of the Walker Family Cancer Centre (WFCC). Rather than a set sum, the company tied the donation to the amount of recyclables and used batteries residents and businesses recycled each year. For every tonne recycled, Emterra donated $1. While the numbers varied somewhat, each year Emterra donated between $33,000 and $44,000. In 2019, the year represented by today’s cheque, the total tonnes recycled in 2019 reached 33,182.

Emterra’s Community CareTM programs donate funds to worthy community causes while at the same time boosting awareness of the need for waste reduction, enticing consumers and businesses to recycle more and linking community health to sustainability.

“Helping in the fight to beat cancer in Niagara Region is one of the most important initiatives that we’ve undertaken in Emterra’s Community CareTM program. We are proud to be a partner with the Niagara Health Foundation and we are proud that our made-in-Niagara ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTM program has had such an important impact on health care in the region. It’s inspiring to see donated dollars at work. This is an example of how a private sector company like ours can work with other organizations for the betterment of the community and the environment,” Leung said.

Among those on hand to celebrate the cheque presentation today were Paulina Leung, Vice President of Emterra, Andrea Scott, Interim President & CEO Niagara Health Foundation, Dr. Janice Giesbrecht Chief of Oncology, Niagara Health Medical Director, Walker Family Cancer Centre and Victor Lesnicki.

“We are so thankful for the support Emterra has continued to provide to the betterment of cancer care in Niagara.  Their support allows for cancer treatment to take place close to home so patients can have the support of their loved ones with them on their care journey,” said Andrea Scott, Interim President and CEO, Niagara Health Foundation.
“Emterra’s generous donations over the years to our cancer centre demonstrate the power and importance of community partnerships and the difference they make in peoples’ lives. This immense support allows us to provide the high-quality healthcare that Niagara residents deserve,” added Lynn Guerriero, President of Niagara Health.

The ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTMprogram won numerous top awards over several years in the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste Minimization awards.
In addition to blue and grey box recyclables and used batteries, Emterra also collected bulky waste, yard waste and organics under a contract with the Region of Niagara from 2011-2020. Emterra continues to provide waste and recycling collection services to the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors throughout the region. 


About Emterra Group
Emterra Group comprises five divisions offering municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers with a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing waste, recyclables, organic waste, used tires and more. Driven by its mandate to expedite the transition to a low carbon, circular economy and increase the sustainability of its operations, Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies in the waste management industry and consistently deploys the latest green technologies to truly “walk the talk,” including using CNG vehicles, building a network of CNG fuelling stations and operating optical sorting equipment in its recycling plants.
The ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTMinitiative which helps to improve the environmental health and well-being of the communities in which Emterra employees live and work, is one of several Emterra Community CareTM programs.

About Niagara Health Foundation
Supporting Niagara Health in its mission, Niagara Health Foundation raises funds for priority patient care equipment, redevelopment projects and patient programs at all Niagara Health sites. Niagara Health Foundation is committed to helping Niagara Health achieve their vision of a healthier Niagara.
For more information, visit
Janice Rendflesh, Senior Communications Specialist
Emterra Group
Phone: 905.336.9084 Ext.1132
Chris Green, Director, Communications, Marketing & Community Engagement
Niagara Health Foundation
Phone: 905-323-3863 Ext 44248

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