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Casella receives Recovery Friendly Workplace designation

November 24, 2021
BELMONT — As part of its growing efforts to provide meaningful employment opportunities across a diverse population, multiple Casella Waste Systems, Inc. locations in New Hampshire have been designated a Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) by Gov. Chris Sununu.

The new initiative recognizes workplace locations throughout the Granite State that are willing and able to provide employment opportunities and support to employees impacted by substance use disorder (SUD). This includes those in recovery, those who are seeking help, and those who may be indirectly impacted due to having a loved one with a SUD.

Casella employees have benefited greatly through a collaborative effort between Goodwill Northern New England and the United Way of Rutland County, implementing the Employee Life Navigator Program in Rutland in 2018, and now has now deployed it throughout its footprint.

"We're thrilled to be a part of this program in New Hampshire," said Casella Chairman and CEO John W. Casella. "We've seen outstanding results at other facilities when we give people in recovery the right opportunity to bring value to society and be valued as a whole person by our company. From our Customer Care Center to our hauling divisions and recycling facilities, we've seen people transition from the road to recovery to a meaningful career path relatively seamlessly when given the right support."

RFW employers are committed to encouraging a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

Through the program, designated workplace locations are provided a Recovery Friendly Advocate, who can be utilized for help, support, and guidance should it be needed by an employee. Various additional resources, tools, training, and sustainable strategies to help create a culture that challenges the stigma of substance use disorder are also implemented at each location.

To learn more about the RFW initiative, visit www.recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com.

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States.

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