*Staff from Metro Compactor Service at award ceremony on April 2, 2024, receiving recognition as one of Canada’s Top 100 SME Employers

Shaking up perception of working in the waste industry

TORONTO – April 8, 2024 – Metro Compactor Service, North America’s leading expert in waste and recycling equipment and service for over 40 years, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Small & Medium Employers, announced this week by Mediacorp Canada Inc., organizers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.

“This prestigious honour is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and commitment of each and every one of our employees,” said Andrew Strudwicke, President of Metro Compactor Service. “It reflects the values we uphold as an organization and the positive impact we strive to make every day by providing our employees opportunities for growth, professional development, and a fulfilling career experience.”

Metro prides itself on its feedback-driven culture, conducting frequent employee engagement surveys to guide the HR strategy. The invaluable feedback received from these surveys has directly influenced the development of several initiatives aimed at enhancing employee development, well-being, and safety. Metro was recognized for these notable highlights:

  • Skilled Trade Development Program: Established an internal training centre for hands-on learning in welding, equipment troubleshooting, and mechanics.
  • Culture of Continuous Learning: As a core value, Metro financially supports employees in developing their skills for future growth opportunities. The organization also conducts various performance coaching workshops.
  • Investment in Employee Growth: All team members have access to work with a leadership coach. Metro invested 360 hours of coaching in its employees in 2022, demonstrating a commitment to individual and organizational advancement.
  • Work-Life Balance Initiatives: In response to feedback on work-life balance, Metro introduced flexible working options, voluntary on-call shifts, and summer hours, prioritizing employee well-being and satisfaction.
  • Positive Work Culture Initiatives: To further enhance employee experience and satisfaction, Metro plans companywide events promoting wellness and team camaraderie.
  • Employee Wellness: Metro fosters a culture of well-being that supports the physical and mental health of employees. The comprehensive wellness strategy includes lunch and learn sessions, fitness events and challenges, an employee assistance program (EAP), and a robust mental health strategy with workshops, awareness campaigns, and resources. This strategy aims to promote open dialogue, reduce stigma, and encourage self-care.

These achievements also earned Metro the prestigious Brampton Board of Trade Innovation Award and recognition as a Great Place to Work Canada in 2023, affirming its commitment to innovation, employee well-being, and creating a positive work environment.

From the Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers press release

Limited to enterprises with fewer than 500 employees, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers focuses on SMEs that are also nimble and have more dexterity: they adopt initiatives faster than large employers, in many cases based on employee feedback and being closer to front-line operations. In addition, these SMEs are often more willing to try bold HR initiatives that are untested elsewhere.

“What’s remarkable about the employers on this year’s list is how quickly and effectively they’ve worked to create rewards and other programs developed from employee input,” says Kristina Leung, managing editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. “SMEs have enviable levels of customization, flexibility and speed-of-implementation that are difficult for larger employers to match.”


Metro Compactor Service is North America’s leading expert in waste and recycling equipment, committed to quality in its staff, service, and products. The company offers a full range of technology enabled waste equipment services and sales for the multi-unit residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional markets nationwide. Its network of skilled technicians provides Super Service™ to ensure customers operate at the lowest system cost. Insight provided by iSMART™ Technology helps customers reach their sustainability goals, minimize downtime, and extend equipment life.  Metro’s service fleet repairs and maintains equipment of every make, model, and size, in every marketplace. For more information visit www.metrocompactor.com.

Terance Brouse