Republic Services launches $20 million 'committed to serve' initiative to help employees, customers and communities

A Republic Services truck makes a routine stop near Page Middle School in Page, Arizona. Photo by Antonia Muskat/Lake Powell Chronicle.

Meals being purchased from local, small businesses in Page

By Arnold Breen
Special to the Chronicle

PAGE – Republic Services has launched a $20 million initiative called “Committed to Serve” to recognize its frontline employees in the field, their families, and small business customers across the country.

Over the next two months, all of Republic Services’ 28,000 frontline employees will receive a weekly meal, a weekly dinner for employees and their families, and bi-weekly $100 gift cards ($400 per employee) to be spent locally.

All meals will be purchased from local, small businesses to help support Republic Services’ customers and the communities it serves.

In the Page area, Republic Services is providing meals for 22 employees per week. To date, $2,000 has been spent with local restaurants including El Tapatio, Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant, and Strombolli’s Italian Restaurant.

“Small businesses are often hit the hardest during times of uncertainty. The Committed to Serve initiative is a gesture of support for both our employees and our local small businesses, many of whom are our customers,” said Arnold Breen, operations supervisor for Republic Services. “The reaction from small business owners and employees has been pure appreciation. Additionally, our employees feel a sense of pride being able to give back to the local community they serve.”