When we think of outstanding and awesome places to work, we usually don’t associate the place with trash. But that’s exactly what is being recognized at a landfill and composting facility in Des Moines, Iowa.
Metro Waste Authority (MWA), a waste management company that serves Des Moines and 22 nearby suburbs and towns, was recently recognized by the Des Moines Register newspaper as a “Top Place to Work.” The company was nominated by Mike Fairchild, an operations manager who has worked for the company for 17 years. Although he loved his job enough to nominate MWA, it was the opinion of the company’s 60 employees that actually won them the award.
The “Top Places to Work” award is based on an employee survey that asks employees to rate their workplace in areas such as community involvement, employee benefits and empowerment. MWA received the award because the company has high expectations for its employees and the employees meet them. They say that they are treated well and are always given the opportunity to move into a position that best suits them.
In addition to being a great place to work, MWA is also a “green” place to work. For the past few years the company has teamed up with the Iowa Grocery Association to promote the Build with Bags School Challenge. The program encourages local elementary school students to recycle plastic shopping bags and challenges residents to use reusable shopping bags. Every school that collects at least 100 pounds of plastic shopping bags to recycle and gets credit for 100 reusable bags is awarded a $100 gift card.
Other awards that MWA has been recognized for are Solid Waste of North America (SWANA) Gold Award for Marketing Excellence and the Iowa Recycling Association’s Recycling Project of the Year.