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August 8, 2018

A Green Back to School Season

As millions prepare to head back to school, Waste Management is offering parents, students and educators practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, both in and out of the classroom. Back to school season is the perfect time to incorporate eco-friendly practices into our daily routine
April 24, 2018

The Dangers of “Wishcycling”

By Susan Robinson, Director of Public Affairs for Waste Management As the impacts of China’s new import policies to reduce trash in the recyclables begin to impact our collection programs, you may be seeing a lot more articles about the health of recycling, both locally and across the globe. In many cases, these articles
April 3, 2018

The Battle Against Recycling Contamination is Everyone’s Battle

By Brent Bell, Vice President of Recycling Operations for Waste Management For all the years I’ve worked in the recycling business for Waste Management, I can tell you that the global challenges our industry is facing these days are without precedent. Simply put, many of the items we all want to recycle are getting
February 28, 2018

Zero Waste Challenge: Home Edition

Since 2013, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has strived to achieve zero waste, meaning everything used throughout the weeklong event (from food and drinks to building materials and signage) is either reused, recycled, composted, donated or used to create energy. You can read more about that here. For us, achieving zero waste at an
January 9, 2018

What is Zero Waste?

Most people probably don’t think too much about the trash they throw away. After all, we’re all so busy with work and family and scrolling through Facebook that it’s easy to overlook the food and packaging and water bottles we go through on any given day. But while most may not think too much
November 15, 2016

America Recycles Day Provides an Opportunity to Test Your Recycling Knowledge

Recycling Right is Key to a Healthy Recycling Program Houston – November 15, 2016 – At Waste Management, every day is about recycling, but on this annual America Recycles Day we’d like to remind the community about some important recycling tips, in addition to the items you should never put in your recycling container. Recycle
September 1, 2016

CEO David Steiner Keynotes at Recycling Conference

David Steiner, CEO of Waste Management, recently gave the keynote address at the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans. The conference, now in its seventh year, brings together industry leaders to discuss the most important policy issues facing materials management today. Read excerpts from his speech below (edited for length), or download the
May 10, 2016

How Do Low Oil Prices Affect Recycling?

By Brent Bell, vice president of recycling operations for Waste Management For consumers filling their gas tanks at the pumps, low oil prices are a boon: a way to save money and travel farther on a gallon. Lower oil and energy prices also help many businesses, especially those in energy-intensive manufacturing industries. For recyclers,
April 11, 2016

Recycle More? Or…Recycle Better?

Guest Blog by Susan Robinson, Senior Public Affairs Director for Waste Management The other day, two colleagues from the waste and recycling world asked me to help settle a dispute. These two very smart people—one with a Ph.D.—were debating the composition of a plastic microwave tray and how it might be recycled…or not. Should
October 7, 2015

Rethinking Energy Consumption

For most of us, the first thing that we do once we wake up is turn on the lights in the room, and then we begin the hurried movements of our morning routine. We may turn on the faucet to brush our teeth, the shower to bathe, coffee maker, and the radio or television