Waste Management Inc
Waste Management operates the largest network of landfills in its
industry, with a reported 283 active sites managing the disposal of more than 125 million tons of waste per
year. In addition, Waste Management manages 185 company-owned closed sites while in their respective
post-closure or operations and maintenance phase. The company is worth soemthing like $20 billion
The company carries out a policy of operating to standards of safety and
environmental compliance that go beyond regulatory requirements.
Waste Management is focused on solutions that improve the future of solid waste
management, including bioreactor technology, which accelerates the decomposition of organic waste through the
managed introduction of air and liquids into the waste mass.
Waste Management Inc trucks display the text "The Waste we collect helps
power over 1 million homes"
Currently, the company is reported to be
conducting research at 10 landfills to confirm the environmental benefits of bioreactor technology as an
alternative method for managing landfill waste.
However, some say that efforts like creating a ‘green’ social network shouldn’t
distract the public from the actual practices of Waste Management, Inc. The company has set themselves up for
intense scrutiny through their green rebranding. Activists have said that they’d better be prepared to put
their money where their mouth is, having made such aspirations public.
There seems to be a view in some quarters that Waste management Inc should be able,
by being the greenest waste management company in the country to somehow get other companies taht are barely
making any effort at all to imporve. They say that, Waste Management Inc. should do this by stepping up their
Waste Management Inc., are also percieved as having rebranded themselves as
‘green’ after several toxic spills and illegal dumping allegations in the 80s and an accounting scandal in
The same critics say that in the past their ads certainly have bordered on
greenwashing and to an extent rely on unfounded claims. for example, that the waste they’ve
collected has powered over 1 million homes.
Environmental critics point out that, powering homes should be compared with
recycling, but then also claim that recycling waste saves far more energy than burning it could create,
without establishing proof for that claim.
Waste Management Inc., also come in for criticism for operating trash
incinerator, which campaigners say are the leading source of dioxins, which are highly toxic carcinogenic
chemicals. They complain that signs on their trucks say ‘Last year we recycled enough paper to save over 41 million
trees’, yet they recycle less than 5% of the trash they collect. Again, the counterpoint to this would be that WMI
can only operate within the US economy and recycle at the rate that markets and municipal funding will
Waste Management Inc., would also, due to its size be likely to be the
biggest US polluter, and yet the company also receives criticism for that unremarkable fact.
There are however reports on the web that a study of the waste hauling industry
in 1986 by the Council on Economic Priorities found that Waste Management is the least law abiding waste
hauler in America. At that time they had a poor record of environmental compliance among waste
Waste Management is extensively involved in landfill gas
utilization, which comprises landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) production. The company is reported to
have over 115 LFTGE facilities, and has plans to add another 60 facilities by 2012.
Waste Management Inc., operates LFGTE facilities to collect methane and carbon
dioxide gases emitted during the natural anaerobic decomposition of organic waste in the landfill. These gases are
then used to fuel engines or turbines that generate electricity to distribute power to the surrounding area.
As a result of the new installations, Waste Management is collecting more landfill
gas than ever
At the start of 1971, Waste Management is reprted to have purchased the Calumet
Industrial Development (CID) disposal facility, a landfill located south of Chicago in the Calumet City area.
This marked the company's first foray into the handling of hazardous wastes.
In 1975 Waste Management separated its chemical waste management operations from
the rest of its businesses, forming Chemical Waste Management as a separate division of the company.
The companyalso operates approximately 150 e-cycling centers throughout
the US through its subsidiary, WM Recycle America. In January 2010, the company announced that WM Recycle
America was implementing the Responsible Recycling (R2) Program for electronics recyclers, which establishes
accepted practices to help protect the environment and workers’ health and safety while e-waste is
In addition these practices this allows third parties to monitor activity and create
greater transparency in the e-cycling sector.
Waste Management operates the largest network of landfills in its industry, it has a reported a reported
283 active sites managing the disposal of more than 125 million tons of waste per year. It has a chequered
history for waste regulations compliance and yet that may be due to its size.