In a recent update shared by the city of Flint, Priority Waste has hired 37 employees to handle services in the city, 20 of them residents of Flint. The company says the employees they hired from the City of Flint that are truly helping them make a bigger difference in the city, beyond basic trash collection. “When you hire people that live inside the community that they service, they kind of give that extra touch, extra love, extra care,” said Dan Venet, Director of Municipal Relations with Priority Waste.

Venet says when taking on this contract, it was a must that the company hire local employees to take on trash collection in the city of Flint and it has been inspiring to see their level of care. “The employees take it upon themselves to identify those areas of issue where some blight materials may be out or bulk items may be laying on the ground, and they coordinate efforts to clean that up,” said Venet.

In the first four weeks of service in Flint, crews went above and beyond their jobs, taking on blight projects to help improve the city. “I think that was a huge effort that kind of reset the service for Flint and the residents and hopefully they have seen that and know that were in it for the long haul, it will be something we continue to keep an eye on,” said Venet.

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Author: Mallory Pearson, WJRT ABC 12 
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