Striving for More

Why sustainability isn’t a moving target for Waste Management
By Bryan Sims | March 18, 2011

As part of its commitment to report on the company’s environmental performance, Waste Management detailed progress on four key sustainability goals in its 2010 corporate sustainability report, titled “From Waste to Resources.”

From 2007 to 2009, the company increased its renewable energy production by more than 6 percent. In 2009, the company managed 8.5 million tons of recyclables and, by 2020, plans to process more than 20 million tons by expanding into new markets, and employ new technology such as single-stream recycling. In those two years, fleet emissions dropped by 18 percent and Waste Management is working to increase fleet efficiency and reduce emissions by 15 percent by 2020. Finally, the company met its 2020 goal of having 100 facilities certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council for a total of 25,000 acres of conservation and wildlife habitat.

Investments in firms such as Enerkem Inc., Genomatica, Terrabon, InEnTec Inc. and Harvest Power further reinforce Waste Management’s commitment to biorefining technologies that can bring value from waste materials, according to Wes Muir, director of communications at Waste Management.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Muir says. “We’re making investments in technologies that we think will pay dividends for us.” 

—Bryan Sims