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AEMP honors 2012 Fleet Masters with awards

AEMP announced the recipients of its 2012 Fleet Masters Award. The U.S. Air Forces, Europe was given the public-sector honor while Waste Management took home the private-sector award. Ron Erwin, chief command, vehicles branch, U.S. Air Forces, Europe accepted the award on behalf of his team. Accepting the honor on behalf of the Waste Management team was John Meese, senior director, heavy equipment disposal operations.

Each year, AEMP acknowledges two outstanding fleets with the honor of Fleet Master, one each in both the public and private sector. In its 9th consecutive year, the Fleet Masters award recognizes equipment professionals who demonstrate excellence in meeting the unique challenges inherent to delivering cost-effective and cutting-edge management of mixed fleets of on-road and off-road equipment.

For the private fleets, Waste Management exemplified the attributes of an AEMP Fleet Master. Waste Management’s innovative “Mission to Zero” program has a goal of achieving a zero injury/accident rate company-wide. Since implementation, employee injuries have been reduced 80 percent and vehicle accidents by 70 percent. Additionally, Waste Management boasts an impressive environmental sustainability portfolio. Currently, Waste Management is the largest clean-running fleet in North America. Employing more than 200 environmental technicians, it levers technology with databases and are able to track a multitude of environmental parameters. Waste Management also operates one of the largest facilities in the world that converts landfill gas to diesel. The renewed fuel replaces 2.5 million gallons of diesel, annually, in its fleet. In 2011, Waste Management Heavy Equipment fleet of California earned the Silver-level AEMP Green Fleet certification.