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Waste Management is committed to protecting human health and the environment. This commitment is a keystone of all that we do, reflected in the services we provide to customers, the conditions under which employees work, and our interactions with communities where we live and do business. We will be responsible stewards of the environment and protect the health and well-being of our employees and neighbors. 

Waste Management is proud to be an environmental steward through our conservation and recycling efforts. Here are some examples of ways we’re helping to do our part to conserve resources and be an environmentally sustainable company.

  • In California, we reduced 247 tons of harmful air emissions from our fleet of trucks, including cutting smog-forming NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions by 226 tons per year – the equivalent of taking more than 28,000 passenger cars off the road
  • Our almost 100 renewable energy projects nationwide produce enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes and save the equivalent of 8.2 million barrels of oil per year
  • We currently supply enough landfill gas to create more than 250 megawatts of green energy – enough to power 225,000 homes, replacing over 2 million barrels of oil per year
  • Waste Management, combined with our wholly owned subsidiary Recycle America (WMRA), is North America’s largest recycler handling 5.8 million tons of commodities each year, saving more than 70 million trees and enough energy to power 1.6 million households
  • Waste Management’s landfills provide more than 16,000 acres of protected land for wildlife, and 15 are certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council

The following environmental, health, and safety principles are applicable to Company operations worldwide:

Protection
We conduct all operations in a manner that protects the environment and our employees, neighbors, and customers.

Compliance
We comply with all federal, state and local agency requirements, and will proactively implement programs and procedures to ensure compliance.

Conservation
We practice and promote conservation of nature and the earth’s energy resources.