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December 14, 2016

WM Releases 2016 Sustainability Report

As North America’s leading environmental solutions provider and largest residential recycler, Waste Management understands the need to put recycling on its best footing for the future—and we’re leading change to make that happen.

“It’s time for recycling to evolve. We’ve started to see progress on this front, and steady progress is what we need—for the good times and the bad,” Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waste Management.  “When we encounter roadblocks like those we’ve seen in our recycling business, we see our role as leading change to overcome them.”

You can read all about how not all recyclables are created equal– and much more – in our 2016 Sustainability Report: sustainability.wm.com

In our first-ever interactive report, go on a journey to see the many ways Waste Management collects, processes and safely manages waste. The report describes what we’ve accomplished in 2015 and 2016, from turning landfill waste into a source of renewable energy to keep communities safe through our Waste Watch program where drivers serve as “extra eyes and ears” while servicing customers. Our 2016 Sustainability Report also outlines our progress toward reducing our own greenhouse gas footprint, keeping our employees safe, and giving back to the communities we serve.

You’ll learn why Fish describes the Company as pragmatic optimists, looking over the life cycle of materials management to reduce waste, handle customers’ wastes safely, all while looking for new technologies that might be able to handle waste even more efficiently and effectively over time.

We prepared the report’s content in accordance with the Core application level of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines. GRI sets the global standards for sustainability reporting, including criteria for a range of economic, environmental, and social impacts.

Learn more in our 2016 Sustainability Report: sustainability.wm.com