GFL Gives Back

By Taylor Huestis

You may know them by their signature bright green garbage trucks and equipment, but GFL Environmental (GFL) is much more than that.

Through the Full Circle Project, GFL aims to give back to the communities it serves by partnering with local charities like us.

“Our team at GFL Dartmouth have pets of our own and are animal lovers,” said Ken Webb, General Manager of GFL’s Dartmouth location. “We know there are animals out there that require medical assistance and craving someone to show them love. The Full Circle Project gives us the opportunity to donate funds to assist in the care that the SPCA provides these animals every day.”

The Full Circle Project is a community-driven charitable giving program that gives GFL customers a say in how a portion of the program’s funds are directed. GFL’s goal is to build relationships with charities that are making a difference in communities where the company operates, and for GFL employees to volunteer their time regularly to extend support beyond monetary donations.

So, when Ken reached out with the happy news that the SPCA was selected as a Full Circle Project charity partner, there were lots of wagging tails. And, when he dropped into our shelter with a big cheque for $10,000, we were blown away!

And that’s not all… their local GFL staff volunteer their time by walking dogs and cuddling cats. Which is perfect timing because it’s the busiest time of the year – kitten season.

While kitten season sounds like it would be a magical time with their tiny toe beans and purrs, SPCA shelters become flooded with kittens who were abandoned, injured, or orphaned.

Kittens just like Onyx.

Onyx had a rough start in life. His mum was hit by a car when he was just a baby. Onyx needed to be bottle-fed and have around-the-clock care to survive.

But thanks to generous donors like GFL, Onyx had a second chance. Onyx had a full glow up. He transformed from a lonely newborn suffering from fleas to a healthy kitten adored by his fur-mama.

“Donating and volunteering is a small way we can give back that will make a positive impact for the community,” continued Ken. “GFL takes pride in giving excellent customer service to our customers in the community and appreciate that they have chosen GFL as their hauler. Communities thrive when everyone works together to make it a better place to live.”

Purrrrfectly put, Ken. And while you and your GFL colleagues may be humble, all our furry friends want to meow and bark a big THANK YOU.

Taylor Huestis

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Bonnie and Boy. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local animals in need. Connect with Taylor at or 902-222-0378 today.