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USA Hauling Recognized By The Business Council Of Fairfield County

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On February 25, 2016, The Business Council of Fairfield County, through its Wellness Roundtable, identified 49 Connecticut employers who are doing something special to promote a healthy workplace and assist all employees to live healthier lives.

USA Hauling and its family of companies was recognized as one of those 49 with placement in the Gold Category of Distinction.

“As I have been involved with this program since its inception, I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment these companies have devoted to wellness within their workplaces,” commented Matthew Fair, First Vice President, First Niagara Risk Management Inc. and co-chair of the 2016 Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program. “Regardless of company size, these honorees have used innovative approaches to not just engage, but to measure the effectiveness of their programs over the long-term.”

Healthy Workplace Honoree 2016

USA Hauling employees have been working hard to develop healthier strategies through increased efforts to quit smoking, lose weight, increase activity, and more. Those efforts have resulted in improvements in medical insurance metrics and in this recognition from the Fairfield County Wellness Roundtable.

In March, USA Hauling’s 2016 Wellness Campaign will kick off with our Know Your Numbers II, Biometric Event as we continue to work at improving our employees’ health and wellness.

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USA Hauling & Recycling Supports The East Windsor And Enfield Police Department’s Local Food And Toy Drive

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USA Hauling & Recycling recently participated in a food and toy drive in Enfield and East Windsor, Connecticut. The toys will be distributed to the local police departments to supply their toy banks. Dozens and dozens of donated food and toys were collected this year, in USA Hauling & Recycling’s 16th year supporting the drive. Employees and their family and friends from all of USA Hauling & Recycling’s locations participated in the yearly event.

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Corporal Andy Tudryn of the East Windsor Police Department (left), with USA Hauling & Recycling’s Shawn Sniffen (right) stand next to donations for the food and toy drive at a USA Hauling & Recycling office in East Windsor, CT.
2015 Toy Drive
Two Enfield Police Officers stand with USA Hauling & Recycling’s Frank Marci next to donations for the food and toy drive at USA Hauling & Recycling’s corporate office in Enfield, CT.
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2015 Misfit Toys Throwdown Sponsored By USA Hauling & Recycling

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The 5th Annual Misfit Toys Throwdown was held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at CrossFit Revelation in Enfield, CT. USA Hauling & Recycling was the title sponsor of the charity event, which was hosted by CrossFit Revelation and Yankee Crossfit. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the “Gunny Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund” in his memory.

From the Misfit Toys Throwdown website:

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan was a Springfield, MA native and the recipient of two Purple Hearts who also served two tours in Iraq. On Thursday, July 16, 2015 during a terror attack on the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN, Sullivan saved the lives of 13 Marines and a sailor by bringing them to safety before returning to face an active shooter, and ultimately, giving his life while defending his country.

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Participants in the 5th Annual Misfit Toys Throwdown get ready to start one of the event’s three WODs (Workout Of the Day) on Saturday, December 5th at CrossFit Revelation in Enfield, CT. USA Hauling & Recycling was a title sponsor of the event that donated proceeds to the “Gunny Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund.”

Three members from USA Hauling & Recycling, Frank M Antonacci, Chris Jez and Eric Fredericksen, all competed in the event, which included three WODs (Workout Of the Day) with the top teams competing in a fourth and final WOD. Last year’s event donated $6,000 to Last Call Fiundation in Boston, MA for fallen firefighter’s families and also donated hundreds of brand new toys.

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For more photos and videos from  this year’s event, visit the Misfit Toys Throwdown’s Facebook Page.

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Healthier Picnics Presented By USA Hauling & Recycling

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Improving the health of our employees and their families has been our focus for some time. In 2014 we established a Wellness Committee to take that focus to a higher level. This effort began in March of 2015 with a “Know Your Numbers” biometrics event that was held at several company locations. From this event, we were able to determine the top factors that were negatively impacting our employee-family quality of life.

It turned out that hypertension was one of those negative factors. Armed with this information, the Wellness Committee explored what could be done in the workplace to begin to address this issue.

Annual summer picnics have been highlights for our employees at various sites between June and September. Historically, the fare at these picnics has been traditional – cheese burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, ice cream and the like. The Wellness Committee detected a correlation between that menu and the problem of hypertension among our employees.

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Employees of Highland Park Market prepare food for USA Hauling & Recycling’s Healthier Picnic in Waterbury, CT.

Teaming up with Highland Park Market, the “Healthier Picnics” initiative was developed. In East Windsor, Berlin, South Windsor, New Haven, New Milford, Waterbury, Stratford, Winsted, and Hartford, employees were offered an alternative to the traditional and a more healthy perspective on food that can be good, good for you, and fun.

Highland Park’s menu consisted of tossed salad, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, and grilled salmon. Sides of cucumber tomato salad, black bean salad, Italian-style cole slaw and fruit salad were available as were turkey, ham, and roast beef wraps. Frozen yogurt and healthy drinks rounded out the offerings.

Hundreds of our employees participated in “Healthier Picnics” and were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Plans are in the works for 2016 to expand the number of “Healthier Picnics” and the menus offered.

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USA Hauling & Recycling Participates In The 2015 Source To Sea Cleanup

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A team of volunteers from USA Hauling & Recycling participated in the 19th annual Source To Sea Cleanup on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. The group, cleaning along the Connecticut River on Parsons Road in Enfield, CT, were able to collect a full truck load of trash and recyclables that otherwise would still be littering the river. They joined the hundreds of volunteers from northern New Hampshire and Vermont, down through Massachusetts, all the way to southern Connecticut that took part over the 2 day cleanup. The groups clean in and around the river, as well as surrounding wetlands and tributaries. USA Hauling & Recycling is also a sponsor of the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) yearly Source To Sea Cleanup.

From the CRWC website:

The Source to Sea Cleanup is a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River and its tributaries in the four-state basin (NH, VT, MA, CT). Volunteer group leaders coordinate local cleanup sites where participants of all ages and abilities spend a few hours picking up trash. We all have a responsibility to solve this trash problem— individuals, manufacturers, businesses, and government. By participating in the Source to Sea Cleanup, you are part of the solution for cleaner rivers.

For more information on the Source to Sea Cleanup and how you can get involved, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.

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USA Hauling & Recycling Has Company Picnic To Promote Healthy Eating

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USA Hauling & Recycling held a healthy company picnic on Wednesday, August 5th in East Windsor, Connecticut. The picnic was part of their Healthier Futures initiative, which promotes living healthy lifestyles.

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USA Hauling & Recycling held a healthy company picnic on Wednesday, August 5th to help promote their Healthier Futures initiative. Pictured is Frank Marci with information about making healthy eating choices.

The picnic included assorted wraps, grilled chicken, shrimp and salmon, assorted salads, veggie chips, healthy drinks such as vitamin water and flavored seltzer, as well as frozen yogurt bars, all from Highland Park Market. During the picnic, a “Skip It/Eat It” guide was also given out, which suggests which meals to choose and which to avoid at common fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Subway and Taco Bell, breaking down calories, fat grams and sodium in each meal. You can download the guide here.

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Employees attend a healthy picnic on Wednesday, August 5th promoting USA Hauling & Recycling’s Healthier Futures initiative. Pictured are Frank M Antonacci with his son.

USA Hauling & Recycling has also sponsored Know Your Numbers, which was a free biometric screening, allowing employees to get numbers associated with their health such as blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and blood sugar. The company will continue to expand their Healthier Futures initiate in the future.

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2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure sponsored by USA Hauling & Recycling

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The 2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure was held on June 14, 2015 at the Durham Fairgrounds. The event raised over $175,000 for the American Diabetes Association, which funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and delivers services and information to hundreds of communities. 316 riders made up the 42 teams that road the 6, 17, 31, 64 and 100 mile courses. USA Hauling & Recycling was a sponsor for the event.

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Members of Team USA Hauling & Recycling pose for a photo during the 2015 Connecticut Tour de Cure, which supports the American Diabetes Association.

There will also be an upcoming walk on October 3, 2015 to benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information on the walk or to register or donate, visit the 2015 Step Out: Connecticut page.

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USA Hauling & Recycling Sponsors the South Windsor Rotary Club Golf Tournament

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USA Hauling & Recycling and All American Waste were the proud major sponsors of the South Windsor Rotary Club Golf Tournament, which was held to benefit the South Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Wall.

Ralph Mosher, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a 40 year member of the Rotary Club and a 15 year sales representative for USA Hauling & Recycling, was given the privilege and honor of being the Tournament Chairman.

The South Windsor Veteran's Memorial Wall will be 30 yards long, 7 feet high and will include the seals for the five major branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard). The concrete foundation and electrical work will all be donated by local contractors. It will be built in the Veteran Memorial Park on Pleasant Valley Road in South Windsor.
The South Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Wall will be 30 yards long, 7 feet high and will include the seals for the five major branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard). The concrete foundation and electrical work will all be donated by local contractors. It will be built in the Veteran Memorial Park on Pleasant Valley Road in South Windsor.

In today’s world, when our country faces so many threats to our way of life and even to our existence, it is particularly poignant to remember, honor, and pay tribute to all veterans. Keep in mind our veterans are family, neighbors, and other Americans going back to the beginning of our country. We owe our deepest gratitude to all of those people.

It was President Harry S. Truman who said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.” America should never forget their sacrifices. “Freedom is never free!”

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AMWAP Event At Sonny’s Place Sponsored By USA Hauling & Recycling

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Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT hosted an AMWAP (As Many Wishes As Possible) Fun In The Sun event on May 9, 2015 sponsored by USA Hauling & Recycling.  Proceeds from the event benefit Make A Wish America and “grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medial condition” in the local community. The event ran from the 8:30am sign up to the 3:00pm award ceremony.

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Volunteers at the registration table for AMWAP’s Fun In The Sun event at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT on 5/9/15 with proceeds benefiting Make A Wish.

The WOD (Workout of the Day) included 3 phases and a final where the top 8 teams compete for the win. Phase 1 included jumping rope and pull ups, phase 2 was squats, phase 3 included rowing, box jumps and wall balls, with the final included a rope climb. For the full details of the competition, see AMWAP10’s page here. 32 teams of 2 male and 2 female athletes participated, with many spectators in attendance as well. Spectators were offered an all day Sonny’s Pass as well, so they could enjoy all of the activities at Sonny’s Place including Go Karts, Zip Line, Mini Golf and Batting Cages, among others.

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For more photos, visit Sonny’s Place’s Facebook Page.

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USA Hauling & Recycling is the “LEEDER” in Construction Waste Recycling

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Currently USA Hauling & Recycling is tracking and reporting on over 50 LEED projects in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

 Completed LEED Projects:

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Construction Waste Management: Recycling of Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) from the building process is an integral part of attaining LEED points, USA Hauling & Recycling has long-term commitments and relationships with multiple C&D processing facilities through out the State of Connecticut. These facilities Process and Recycle C&D Waste and have the ability to document Recycled tonnage for LEED reporting as required by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

We are the “LEEDER” in construction waste recycling and have been recognized for our timely and accurate reporting.

For more Info contact:

Lary Pincince
Manager, Contractor Sales

USGBC
LEED – GREEN ASSOCIATE

Office (860) 746-3229
Cell (860) 883-6824
Fax (860) 741-5927

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