Here for our Community….
Every day hundreds of people work behind the scenes to keep Prince Edward County running. We are profiling a few of the people that are ‘here for our community.’ We continue the series by talking with Paul Bibeau and Marilyn Ives, Landfill Site Attendants.
How long have you worked with the County?
Marilyn: I have worked for The County for almost two years.
Paul: I have worked for The County for seven and a half years.
Can you start by giving an overview of your job?
Marilyn: We are both landfill attendants and responsible for tipping for waste. We are here to assist the public when they arrive at the landfill by accepting their fees, showing them which area of the landfill site to go to dispose of their waste, and to ensure that they’re properly recycling. We educate residents on some waste items that can and cannot be recycled.
What do you like most about working for The County?
Marilyn: I like coming into contact with people. I am a fairly new resident, so talking to residents who come to the landfill regularly helps me get to know others in the community and gives me a sense of belonging.
Paul: I love this job because you meet and greet different people from the area and get to talk to them and learn a little about your fellow community members.
What do you like most about living in The County?
Marilyn: I think it’s a nice combination of country heart with a big city feel. There are a lot of rural areas but there is a lot of diversity here. We have a great arts and culture scene, as well as festivals, wineries, beaches and there is something for everyone to do.
Paul: I’ve lived in The County my whole life and enjoy the people and the surroundings of the community I live in.
How are you involved with the community outside of work?
Paul: I used to belong to the Picton Recreation Committee, and I have done some volunteer work as I belong to a few local motorcycle clubs and we enjoy giving back to the community.
If there is one thing you want the public to know about the work that you and your colleagues do, what is it?
Marilyn: I want the public to know that what they do at the landfill and how they dispose of waste matters in the big picture in terms of sustainability. Proper recycling and waste disposal are an important thing to practice as it will affect the future and generations to come.
Paul: I would like to encourage people to always check The County’s website for landfill information, such as hours, fees and what items can be disposed of, so that they know what to expect when they arrive. It makes the process of waste disposal much smoother at the landfill.