Wheelabrator Bridgeport Employee Races For a Cause

Wheelabrator employees celebrate at the finish line.
Wheelabrator employees celebrate at the finish line.

Tony Morzello of Wheelabrator Bridgeport and nine fellow Wheelabrator Technologies employees joined more than 200 other teams for a two-day, 200-mile trek from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to Lake Placid, N.Y., September 27-28 as part of the Ragnar Relay Adirondacks.

The race, organized by the Ragnar Relay Series, engaged the Wheelabrator Power Runners in a race through the Adirondack Mountains with each runner completing three legs of the race. The team completed the race in 29 hours and 50 minutes, nearly four hours ahead of the expected pace. With the support of Wheelabrator friends and business partners, the team raised nearly $5,000 in sponsorships to benefit the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK).


“Wheelabrator’s commitment to the environment and its ability to support the outdoor recreational activities of its employees, all while protecting our natural resources, is commendable,” said the ADK’s Director of Membership and Development Deborah Zack. “I thank Wheelabrator for supporting the environmental conservation work of ADK’s staff and volunteers through its participation in the Ragnar Relay and its tremendous donation to ADK.”


Wheelabrator’s participation in the race was organized by Chris Leyen, a manager of maintenance systems for the company. “Wheelabrator is focused on serving as an engaged community partner and many employees at Wheelabrator run in numerous road races throughout the year for various charities,” said Leyen. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to put together a Wheelabrator team to run together for a cause.”


Ten Wheelabrator employees from seven company locations participated in the race. They include:


·         Chris Leyen of Wheelabrator Baltimore located in Baltimore, Md.

·         Tony Morzello of Wheelabrator Bridgeport located in Bridgeport, Conn.

·         Mike Irwin and Mike Lysyk from Wheelabrator North Broward located in Pompano Beach, Fla.

·         John Rice of Wheelabrator Falls located in Morrisville, Pa.

·         Don Musial, Michelle Turcotte and Kenny Roy of Wheelabrator Hampton located in Hampton, N.H.

·         Dave Magill of Wheelabrator Gloucester located in Gloucester, N.J.

·         David Wright of Wheelabrator Westchester located in Peekskill, N.Y.


“This is a great team effort,” said Mike Irwin, Wheelabrator’s director of finance and analysis who participated in the race. “I would like to commend my fellow employees for volunteering to support the Adirondack Mountain Club. There is a culture of giving back here at Wheelabrator, and these employees exemplify that by participating in this and other community events throughout the year.”


The Adirondack Mountain Club is a nonprofit member organization dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve through a balanced approach of conservation and advocacy, environmental education, and responsible recreation. For more information on the Adirondack Mountain Club, go to www.adk.org. For more information on the Ragnar Adirondacks Relay Race, visit www.ragnarrelay.com/race/adirondacks.




A wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. is a leader in the safe and environmentally sound conversion of MSW and other renewable waste fuels into clean energy. Wheelabrator’s 17 waste-to-energy facilities provide safe waste disposal for towns and cities across the U.S. Wheelabrator also operates four independent power plants designed to generate electricity using an assortment of fuels, including waste wood, tires, waste coal, and natural gas. In addition to producing electricity, some of these facilities also produce steam sold to nearby government and commercial establishments. Wheelabrator’s 21 facilities have a combined electric generating capacity of 853 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 900,000 homes. To learn more, visit www.wheelabratortechnologies.com.




Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.



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