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August 27, 2015

Sustainability Matters

Waste Management’s Sustainability Services (WMSS) team continually looks for ways to advance the sustainable efforts of companies beyond waste and recycling programs. The WMSS team helps hundreds of businesses across the United States and Canada realize their environmental goals by recommending business practices that reduce waste, save energy and provide a ‘next life’ for products and resources.

Waste Management was a sponsor at this year’s Sustainable Brands Conference held in San Diego. Hundreds of professionals each year attend to learn about new products, services and business models that incorporate sustainability. A goal of the conference was to have zero waste (at least 90 percent diversion from landfill) during the event, including at all restaurants and hotel rooms. As the official Zero Waste Partner of the conference, Waste Management successfully met this year’s challenge by working with Paradise Point Resort & Spa to position recycling and composting bins in all resort areas and requiring that conference vendors only use recyclable or compostable materials. The diversion rate was calculated in the same way that most events and businesses report on their waste diversion performance, by measuring the proportion of different streams (i.e., landfill, recycle, compost) leaving the area.

In addition to providing consulting services for the zero waste challenge, the WMSS team participated in discussions regarding brand sustainability. Lee Spivak, Senior Associate of Waste Management Sustainability Services, participated in a panel discussion that examined initiatives companies created to encourage water conservation, using the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the 2015 WMPO Water Campaign as a case study. Anita Kedia, Senior Business Development Manager of Waste Management Sustainability Services, gave an interview discussing the need for brands to design products with the intent for recyclability and compostability, and the importance of bringing various stakeholders together to cultivate a more sustainable value chain.

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