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Driver shortage impacts local recycling, green bin and garbage collections; WM responds with aggressive recruitment including a $2,000 bonus

SECHELT, British Columbia (July 28, 2021) - Waste Management (WM) is activating a comprehensive recovery plan to address a critical driver shortage that has resulted in missed collections for residents of the District of Sechelt and Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD). WM is working closely with local driving schools and the armed forces to recruit drivers as quickly as possible. See application information below.

The shortage of commercial and residential truck drivers and technicians is not isolated to the Sunshine Coast. It's a challenge for industries across North America that are dependent on pickup and delivery services.

WM is actively hiring in the Sechelt area, offering $2,000 signing bonuses along with competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and career growth potential.

"This is an unprecedented situation," said WM Public Sector Manager Alex Limongelli. "We greatly appreciate the patience of Sunshine Coast residents as we work to ensure reliable and safe service."

Changes in SCRD garbage schedules, already planned for Aug. 1, are designed to increase efficiency and shorten route distances. Limongelli said this should provide some added relief. No schedule changes are planned for the District of Sechelt.

What residents need to know:
  • The WM website is the number one resource for service alerts. If service is interrupted, WM will post information here for specific areas.
  • Information is also available on mobile apps:
    - Apple App Store: SCRD Collects and Sechelt Citizen
    - Google Play: SCRD Collects and Sechelt Citizen
  • If your garbage, recycling or green bin is not collected by 6 pm on your regular service day, please remove bins from the curb and securely store so wildlife cannot access. Safely storing bins is an important part of being Wild Safe. For more information: Sechelt or WildSafeBC.
Interested in a career with WM? Learn more at https://careers.wm.com/jobs/search/2811802 and drop off a resume Monday - Thursday, (8 am to 4 pm) at 5920 Sechelt Inlet Rd., Sechelt, BC, VON 3AQ

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