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You may see our Big Green Trucks going down the streets of the very community you live in. But did you know that Waste Management and our local employees actively participate in every community we serve.


Our commitment is evident in our environmental stewardship, participation in local organizations, and charitable contributions to many local programs.

Our commitment to the environment is evident in many programs that protect our natural resources and make a positive impact on our surroundings, including:

  • Sponsorship of Wildlife Forever, a national non-profit environmental education and conservation organization based in Minnesota.
  • Contribution of services and equipment for Earth Day activities and many other community clean-up events throughout the area, and
  • Initiation of the Youth Recycling Green Team program, a recycling education program that rewards youth groups for their efforts to increase public participation in recycling. So far, 25 Youth Recycling Green Teams have recycled over 500 tons of mixed paper/cardboard.

In addition to providing customers with the highest standards of service, we are committed to serving the community through the support and sponsorship of many local and regional programs, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors, Tickets for Kids and Rebuilding Together. As a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, we donate services and equipment to building projects throughout the area. We also established a unique program to support community improvement projects in Lake Mills, Iowa.

Pheasants Forever has awarded Waste Management with the 2004 Corporate Conservation Partner Award. The award recognizes Waste Management's long-term commitment and support of Pheasants Forever's wildlife conservation efforts. Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. WM's Spruce Ridge Landfill donates $.10 to Pheasants Forever for every ton of Demolition Waste delivered to the landfill. In addition to this donation of funds, WM has been active in Pheasants Forever's habitat work and land acquisitions throughout the area.

Waste Management also sponsors other wildlife conservation programs such as:

Ducks Unlimited
Humane Society
Pheasants Forever
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Habitat Council