Emterra certified as official women's business enterprise

Today is International Women's Day and Emterra Group, the company that picks up our trash, is marking a milestone.

Emterra Environmental has been certified as an official women's business enterprise through WBE Canada.

Emterra was started 40 years ago by Emmie Leung and since then has grown to four divisions, 25 locations and more than 1,100 employees.

Leung says “I was a new university graduate and I needed a job, I needed some way to support myself, I needed to survive. When I couldn’t find someone who would take a bet on me, I took a bet on myself. I started collecting cardboard and newspaper and shipped it to paper mills who would want it. And, when I started to experience some success, I started to grow my company.”

As well, Emterra Group divisions—Emterra Environmental, Emterra Tire Recycling and Canadian Liquids Processors—have qualified for certification as a minority business enterprise through CAMSC, the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council.