Sustainability takes many forms at Waste Management. Perhaps the most visible symbols are our landfills themselves. In many different ways, in locations across the country, we’re transforming the way a community and its residents view the presence of a landfill.

Habitat Conservation

Our long-term goal is to create 100 certified wildlife habitat sites and protect 25,000 acres by the year 2020. So how are we doing? We've actually already met that goal, a decade ahead of schedule. Rather than stop there, we'll continue to make habitat development a priority by shifting focus to smaller, more urban sites where wildlife preservation is a valuable community amenity.

The reasons for looking at landfills as a natural resource are many. Our customers, and the communities in which we operate, want more sustainable ways to deal with what they discard. Turning landfills into natural resources is a logical extension of that idea. Our employees view these efforts with a source of pride, as well.

100 Certified Wildlife Habitat Sites
Waste management locations with WHC-certified programs
Map of Wildlife Habitats


  • Annual Tree Planting

    American Landfill, Waynesburg, OH - 145 acres of preserved wetlands, enhanced by an annual tree-planting event involving nearby schools

  • 6,000 Acres for Wildlife

    GROWS/Tullytown Landfill, Bucks County, PA - 6,000 acres for wildlife through green space, lakes and various habitat enhancement projects

  • 255 Acres of Protected Ecosystem

    Kirby Canyon Landfill, Morgan Hills, CA - 255 acres devoted to a protected ecosystem supporting the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly, and the threatened Red-Legged Frog

Recreation Opportunities

Reimagining a landfill can take a wide variety of forms. Many Waste Management locations have broad buffer zones between the areas of active disposal and the boundaries of our property. These areas can become a recreational resource to benefit the community.


  • Willow Hill Golf Course

    Willow Hill G.C., Northbrook, IL - a nine-hole, Scottish links-style course built on a closed landfill with driving range, pitching and putting greens, and a full-service pro shop

  • BMX Bike Track

    County Line Landfill, Argos, IN - 85-acres recycled into athletic playfields, BMX bike track and 18-hole golf course

  • Athletic Fields with Synthetic Turf

    Closed Landfill, Denver, CO - turned into a 140-acre park with competitive BMX track and athletic fields featuring synthetic turf made of recycled rubber materials