Waste Management, Inc. is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. The company is strongly committed to a foundation of financial strength, operating excellence and professionalism.
Waste Management tailors its services to meet the needs of each customer group and to ensure consistent, superior service at the local level. Headquartered in Houston, the company's network of operations includes 429 collection operations, 366 transfer stations, 289 active landfill disposal sites, 17 waste-to-energy plants, 138 recycling plants and 85 beneficial-use landfill gas projects. These assets enable Waste Management to offer a full range of environmental services to nearly 21 million residential, industrial, municipal and commercial customers.
Drawing on its resources and experience, it actively pursues projects and initiatives that benefit the waste industry, the communities it serves and the environment. Waste Management works to make a positive difference for the environment in every aspect of its business.
The company recovers and processes methane gas, naturally produced in landfills, into an energy source for generating power.
With 389 vehicles now converted from diesel fuel to clean-burning natural gas, the company operates one of the nation's largest fleets of heavy-duty trucks powered exclusively by natural gas.
It has taken a leadership role in promoting the recycling and reuse of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Through its waste-to-energy plants, WM uses solid municipal waste to generate power. This reduces the volume of the waste by 90 percent and saves space in local landfills while providing an economical alternative to the use of fossil and nuclear fuels.
WM partners with communities, government and industries to redevelop closed landfill sites into recreational and commercial facilities such as parks, athletic fields, campgrounds and golf courses.
Across North America, the company works with environmental groups to set aside land for the creation and management of wetlands and wildlife habitats.
WM helped found the Chicago Climate Exchange, an organization established to provide a voluntary marketplace for reducing and trading greenhouse gas emissions.
Waste Management's environmental initiatives have drawn recognition numerous times from organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Wildlife Habitat Council.