LANDFILL HABITATS

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

HABITAT CONSERVATION AT A GLANCE

  • 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.

LANDFILL HABITATS At A Glance

  • 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