Community Liaison

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Waste Connections is committed to being a good neighbour and a responsible partner in the communities we serve.

The Ridge Landfill is an integral part of the economic and social fabric of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent having operated in the region for over 50 years. The Ridge employs 23 people and contributes approximately $14 million directly and indirectly on an annual basis to the local economy of the Municipality Chatham-Kent and Ridge Landfill’s neighbouring communities of Blenheim, Charring Cross and Cedar Springs.

These contributions include an annual royalty payment to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, significant financial contributions made to the Ridge Landfill Trust and indirect contributions in the form of salaries, construction and road maintenance, local purchase of goods and services.

Direct payment contributions to the Trust and payments to Chatham-Kent in the last five years alone have amounted to over $17 million.

Ridge Landfill Community Trust

The Ridge Landfill Trust has provided close to $1 million for the building of the new Seniors Centre facility which now boasts a membership of over 600 people — a 100% increase in 2016 alone. Over 300 people attended the official opening of the new Blenheim Seniors’ Centre. Waste Connections and members of the Trust were joined local officials including Ward 2 councilors Trevor Thompson and Karen Herman as well as Rick Nicholls MPP.

Recent community contributions from the Ridge Landfill Community Trust include those to the Blenheim Seniors Centre, Talbot Trail Place, Blenheim Youth Centre, Charing Cross Ball Diamonds, Blenheim District High School, the New Animal Shelter, C-K Police Services, the Blenheim Gymnastics Club, the Blenheim Fire Station, Blenheim Skating Club, the Hockey Club, breakfast programs and many more.

The Ridge Landfill Community Trust has provided significant financial support for programs at the Blenheim Youth Centre.

The Centre provides youth with a wide variety of after school and summer programs in a safe and nurturing environment facilitated by staff and volunteers.

We’re very proud that the funding the Ridge Landfill provides to the Landfill Trust continues to make important contributions to the vitality of the community.

Cathy Smith - Waste Connections of Canada
Blenheim Seniors Centre
Ridge Landfill Community Trust
Blenheim Youth Centre

The Charing Cross girls and boys fastball teams are now playing on a new and improved field courtesy of the Ridge Landfill Trust.

The Trust provided between $10-12,000 for major improvements to the baseball diamond that included a new infield surface and a new perimeter fence. The Trust Fund also financed the purchase and installation of five memorial benches at the ball diamond to honour the memory of five former Charing Cross players. The Trust Fund also paid for the new lights a few years earlier. With close to 200 players and 15 teams last year, the baseball field is a much-used recreational facility in the community.

Charing Cross

Julie MacDonald, front left, of the Ridge Landfill Community Trust, along with Marg and Harvey Jenner of the Charing Cross Ball program along with Marco-Clay contractors: Aviv Septon, Colin Logan, Wally Brubacher and Thomas Corniel. (Source Blenheim News Tribune)

The new Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter is a $100,000 closer to its goal thanks to a donation from the Ridge Landfill Community Trust.

This donation has come at a perfect time according to Lynn McGeachy Schultz, Project Coordinator for the new facility. The capital campaign is still underway with $250,000 outstanding. The Friends group is confident that this can happen with donations like the one made today. Lynn McGeachy Schultz, Project Coordinator for the new facility, said the group has raised $1.25 million of the $1.5 million needed to build the new shelter.

McGeachy Schultz said she was thrilled with the Ridge Landfill Community Trust donation. “This is an excellent example of how corporate and community groups can support long standing needs and at the same time build for the future. The dream of a new shelter to care for animals within the Municipality will be a reality.” From

Friends Animal Shelter

Blenheim District High School

The Ridge Landfill Trust has also provided financial support of $9,400.00 to the Blenheim District High School to purchase 13 new bicycles and helmets which will allow more students to participate in the bicycle training curriculum. The school had also purchased 13 bikes on their own.


Ridge Landfill Community Trust representative, Julie MacDonald, from left, Peter Kistulinec and many of his physical education students with the new bicycles and helmets that were bought with a donation by Ridge Landfill Community Trust Fund. (Source: Blenheim News Tribune)

Thank you to Ridge Landfill Community Trust for the support of our Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario – Polar Plunge Event 2018.

Kelly Helbin – Chatham-Kent Police
Law Enforcement Torch Run Donation

Waste Connections of Canada

Waste Connections of Canada also directly sponsors numerous community events throughout Chatham-Kent on an annual basis.

Waste Connections of Canada provides free services for numerous charitable causes and special events: 2018 International Plowing in partnership with Chatham-Kent, Canada Day, Chatham, RetroFest, Chatham BIA – provided new public litter cans in 2017, Festival of Giving, Street Festival - Highgate, Canadian Cancer Society- Mud Run, Ultimate Rodeo Tour- Paincourt, Ribs & Blues Fest- Shrewsbury, Habitat for Humanity

Past and upcoming sponsorships include those to the Community Living Chatham Kent – Title Sponsor for Golf Tournament, Mayor’s Golf Tournament – Community Living Wallaceburg – Golf Classic, Title Sponsor Great Erie Fishing Derby, RetroFest, FireFest, FlightFest, Crimestoppers Ultimate Rodeo Tour, Shrewsbury & Raglan Ribs & Blues and the Harwich-Raleigh Public School 50th Reunion. In May of 2018 Waste Connections donated 33 bikes and helmets to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent.

The Historic Downtown Chatham-BIA in conjunction with the Kent Historic Auto Club put on RetroFestTM 2018!

RetroFest has been a highly anticipated event every year since 2001 and Waste Connections is a proud sponsor for 2018.

Shrewsbury Raglan Assembly
Chatam-Kent Crime Stoppers
Chatam-Kent CLI
Retro Fest
Fire Fest
CK Flight Fest
Dirt Track Race Car

Waste Connections of Canada - Environmental Management Diploma Scholarship

Waste Connections of Canada offers an annual scholarship at Ridgetown College with an award of $2,500 to a student achieving over a 70% average and who is a resident of Chatham-Kent and who is enrolled in the Environmental Management program.

Sponsorship ThankYou Note
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