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Voices from the Crisis: Even in tough times, Waste Masters founder focuses on neighbors

Katie Tabeling

Steve Masterson, left, picking up the staff lunch from a local restaurant | Photo c/o Steve Masterson

For Steve Masterson, one of the owners of Waste Masters Solutions, giving back to the community is in his business’s fiber.

That’s why even amid the coronavirus pandemic, he continued to raise $5,000 for Stop Soldier Suicide this month. It’s a cause near and dear to him, as he’s a U.S. Air Force veteran and his two children are serving now.

Although things are tight, he’s still looking out for ways to help out his neighbors.

“We handle this like we handled everything in the past 10 years. We step up. It’s nothing heroic; it’s just part of who we are,” Masterson said.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, he’s donated dumpsters for businesses in need and his staff held a blood drive. In the early stages of the crisis, Waste Masters Solutions helped Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children find personal protective equipment, even donating some of their own. They also helped set up hand washing stations and were set up at ChristianaCare and Nemours.

These days, Masterson is looking at another way to help out his community. The office buys staff lunch three days a week from local restaurants.

“We’re eight weeks into this, and you think about who’s taken a hit,” he said. “It’s the reaction to the crisis that will define you. Everyone is doing the best they can, and people will never forget how you treat others during this time. It’s about being a good neighbor.”

By Katie Tabeling


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