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Enironmental: Nashville

WM has upgraded their Nashville fleet to 85% CNG. The 44 CNG collection vehicles currently servicing WM’s middle Tennessee customers equates to removing 170 passenger vehicles from the road in greenhouse gas savings.

A CNG fueling station was constructed in 2014 allowing WM to support its growing fleet. The facility opened to commercial and consumer vehicles during the second quarter of 2014 enabling members of the Nashville community to benefit from the facility.Not only do CNG waste trucks reduce air pollution, but they are also significantly quieter than traditional diesel, minimizing disruption during collection. Implementing the CNG fleet improves air quality and helps customers and local governments meet their sustainability goals.

Waste Management is committed to extracting value from the waste stream whenever possible. Landfill Gas To Energy (LFGTE) is a renewable form of energy in which electricity is created using the same everyday waste that is left at the curb. WM currently owns or operates over 120 LFGTE plants, creating enough energy every year to power more than 400,000 homes and save 2.3 million tons of coal. Two of these facilities are located in Tennessee at West Camden Sanitary Landfill and Iris Glen Environmental Center.

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The Southern Services Landfill is one of over 100 Waste Management Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certified sites that total over 25,000 acres of habitat set aside for wildlife. These certified WM sites recognize outstanding native habitat management and environmental education programs developed through partnerships with local organizations.  The WHC is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse and sustainable environment. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and twelve other countries. To learn more, visit www.wildlifehc.org.

WM’s Southern Services Landfill is situated adjacent to the Cumberland River, northwest of downtown Nashville. The 182-acre facility recycles and disposes of construction and demolition materials. Thirty acres are actively managed for wildlife making it the second largest certified Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) site in Davidson County. Southern’s Wildlife at Work program was originally certified in 2011, but WM worked diligently to maintain this certification. Efforts include invasive species management, bird and duck boxes maintenance, beaver pond leveling device installation for wetlands’ level preservation, quarterly meetings, routine inspections, and coordination with Walden’s Puddle (local 501(c)3) to release rehabilitated wildlife.In October 2014, the WHC granted the maximum recertification possible due to the program’s overall strength. WM is proud to work with the WHC on native habitat management and environmental education to balance the demands of economic growth with a healthy, biodiverse, and sustainable environment.