Community Development

The proposed Beechwood Road Environmental Centre builds on our long standing commitment of being an engaged and responsible corporate citizen to create significant community and economic benefits.


Economic Development

The Beechwood Road Environmental Centre will create up to 75 new green jobs in waste diversion, disposal and green energy facilities.

Economic benefits will also extend to the larger community through community host agreements, as well as a Community Trust Fund to support local projects. In addition, revenue opportunities will be created from waste diversion activities for local processors and downstream activities related to recycling and re-use.

During the construction of the new operation, local suppliers and contractors will also benefit. There will be millions of dollars invested in the construction phases and our preference is to use local suppliers and contractors wherever possible.


Waste Management’s current site has extensive non-operational lands. Some space will be required to support the facility’s operation, but other lands will be dedicated for community uses that could include sports fields, biking and hiking trails and a leash-free dog park.

Community input will be an important part of determining the ultimate use of these areas. Residents and community leaders have told us that they value increasing the amount of available recreational and community lands, and we are responding by setting aside space surrounding our operations for dedicated community use.

Wildlife Habitat
An on-site wildlife habitat centre has been opened to the public and will continue to serve as an education centre for the community.
Our existing seven-acre wildlife preserve provides a habitat for numerous species of birds and other wildlife, and our on-site learning centre is used by the general public, community groups, as well as primary schools and post-secondary institutions. There are a number of wildlife and habitat initiatives occurring at the site, including nesting boxes, our Learning Centre with interactive displays and a variety of programs available to the public.

We plan to expand these through collaborations with Ducks Unlimited and the Napanee Rod and Gun Club. We also plan to expand our outdoor educational programs with local schools and service organizations.

The Napanee Waste Management facility received international recognition for its contribution to wildlife habitat conservation in the form of a Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification in 2006. Waste Management is the only waste management company in Canada to receive WHC certification.