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Ontario’s waste management industry employs more than 14,000 people and provides salaries that are typically 22% above the provincial average.

Still, fewer young people are taking on waste management positions despite the stability of the sector and the potential for a successful, well-paying career.

To address this issue, companies and organizations have begun to focus on promoting the benefits of working in the sector to young people through targeted advertising and education.

These efforts have proven successful in attracting more job candidates to the sector, but finding qualified, suitable employees still comes with many challenges.

Most managers simply do not have the time, energy and resources to vet candidates in order to ensure that they’re going to be a good hire.

As a result, many organizations now rely on staffing agencies to find the right man or woman for the job – a task which takes a considerable amount of resources.

Getting assistance with collecting information and screening interested applicants can help to identify ideal candidates, including those with previous experience in physically demanding labour or who have obtained a DZ licence.

Uncovering these skills and experience during the application process helps to lower turnover rates and reduce costs by ensuring only the best job candidates are hired for the job.

All organizations should carefully evaluate the track records of different staffing agencies before entering into a contract. With large financial decisions, you need to assess the individual results of each company to make sure the next employee you bring on board will strengthen and support your team. 


Robert Laurenza is the President of Universal Staffing Inc.