Emterra Environmental has been nominated for a Spirit of Winnipeg Award by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
The garbage and recycling firm, which was awarded a long-term contract to handle waste collection in Winnipeg, was among 18 finalists announced Tuesday for the annual distinction.
Emterra has been at the centre of much controversy since the new automated bin collection system went city-wide last summer. Homeowner complaints have overwhelmed the city’s 311 service to report everything from late to missed pickup, to bins being damaged by the company’s trucks.
St. Boniface Councillor Dan Vandal recently revealed that Emterra was fined by the city between $350,000 and $400,000 in November alone for not being on schedule.
According to the Chamber, the awards recognize businesses that “exemplify innovation and entrepreneurship which help to define our city.” A winner from each six categories will be awarded during a gala dinner at the Fairmont Winnipeg on Friday, March 1.
The finalists are:
- Small Business: 1 Life Workplace Safety & Health Ltd, IMT- Infomagentics Technologies Corp and La Liberte
- Medium Business: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Number TEN Architecture and Pinnacle
- Large Business: Emterra Environmental, Stantec and Winnipeg Airports Authority
- Start-up Business: 365 Technologies Inc., Metis Economic Development Organization (MEDO) and Po-Motion Inc.
- Charity: Resource Assistance for Youth, Ronald McDonald House and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba
- Not-for-Profit: Career Internship Program, Louis Riel School Division, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Winnipeg Folk Festival