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County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff received the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program award from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Accepting the award were Luke Ohler of Waste Management, and county employees, Bridgid Maciejewski and Jeff Jenkins.

Thomas Faha, DEQ Regional Director and Richard Doucette, DEQ Waste Program Manager were quick to point out this award is not just “handed out” for compliance with DEQ regulations, but is given to a company that has a proven track record of compliance, has an active and proactive approach to environmental concerns and has worked above and beyond what the State and local county government requires.

Cue was clear on the fact that Waste Management and King George county work hand in hand to keep the landfill operations safe and in line with requirements. Stewardship and environmental concerns are top priorities right along with employee and customer safety.

The team constantly monitors the landfill area and implements environmental controls not even set out by DEQ. They also report any incidents to DEQ before the agency even has a chance to know they happened.
The landfill is environmentally sound. The odor issue is only one of maybe 1000 items that are monitored and reported on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

The VEEP Award program was started 14 years ago, as a means to recognize the attitude and drive a company has to make the DEQ regulations work. Faha said the VEEP award recognizes not only management, but the general workers on the ground. Cue was quick to point out that the general workers are the eyes and ears of the management. They are usually the first to see something amiss, and can quickly resolve the issue or get someone in to help.

Because of the involvement of the local residents, county government, stewards like Waste Management and the state officials, the KG Landfill is one of the few in the state to have earned this award.

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