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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
August 11, 2015

Back to School’s “Three R’s”: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

As nearly 50 million students head back to elementary and secondary school, and an additional 21 million students go back to college, Waste Management encourages parents, students and educators to think about ways to make this school year a lesson in sustainability. Tips for Students and Parents Reduce trash created by disposable bags, sandwich
August 7, 2015

Barge Delivers Tons of Marine Debris to Seattle

After weeks of picking up marine debris along the Alaskan and Canadian shoreline, the 300-foot-long barge Dioskouroi arrived at its final destination, Seattle, on August 6. Waste Management was among many partners, including government entities, nonprofits and businesses, involved in the large-scale cleanup effort to package and relocate the materials to Seattle for possible
July 24, 2015

Removing Marine Debris from Alaska’s Shoreline

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, causing a 30-foot tsunami, which claimed at least 16,000 lives and left thousands missing or injured. The area’s coastal communities and infrastructure was destroyed, resulting in about 5 million tons of debris from those communities entering the Pacific Ocean. Four years
July 9, 2015

Turning Leftovers into Energy

Imagine that you’re eating lunch at your favorite restaurant, but unable to finish the food you ordered. You opt not to take the leftovers home (who has room in the fridge anyway?) so the waiter takes the food back to the kitchen. Now, rather than throw out the food to go to a landfill,
June 23, 2015

Waste Management Recognizes Construction Companies for Reducing Waste

“Fourth Annual Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award recognizes outstanding performance in diversion and recycling” HOUSTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jun. 23, 2015 — Waste Management (NYSE:WM) announced the winners of the 2015 “Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award,” a recognition given to the top waste reduction customers in the construction industry whose various projects achieved
May 19, 2015

Ways to Go Green at Work

At home, it’s easy – we separate the trash from the recyclables, place the items curbside (or make the trip to our local recycling facility) and call it a job well done. But what about at the office? How can employees go green at work? Michelle Lee Guiney, Waste Management’s New England and Upstate