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Title: Thinking Green at Waste Management

Thinking Green atWaste Management
  • ULCT Midyear Conference
  • April 10, 2008

Thinking Green
  • What are we talking about?

  • All of the foregoing
  • Sustainability, Recycling, Profitability are all
    tied together.
  • Its easy to think and act to protect our planet
    when it serves both our customers and our
  • If we dont do this, we wont be around

  • I was skeptical and no longer am
  • Check out our CEOs msg online at
  • Its legit

WM Snapshot
  • leading provider of comprehensive waste and
    environmental services in North America
  • 24000 collection and transfer trucks
  • Collect 83 million tons of solid waste per year
  • 413 collection operations, 370 transfer stations,
    283 active landfill disposal sites managing
    disposal of 125 million tons per year of solid
  • 17 waste-to-energy plants

  • 95 beneficial-use landfill gas projects and 6
    independent power production plants
  • 131 recycling plants
  • more than 25 million residential customers
  • provides collection services to more than two
    million businesses
  • over 13 billion in sales

  • over 1 billion in sales of over 7 million tons
    of recyclables
  • 50,000 employees

So what are we reallydoing anyway?
  • First lets talk Recycling

Waste Management wants to be a leader for
responsible recycling to insure that valuable
resources are reclaimed while simultaneously
insuring that potentially hazardous constituents
do not enter municipal waste streams, to conserve
valuable landfill space and to protect the
environment for future generations.
Recycling Snapshot
  • 7 million tons now
  • CEO commitment of 20 million tons by 2020
  • 2 million tons of fiber and non-fiber we buy from
    third party businesses that we market in North
    America and around the world.
  • 5 million tons of primarily residential
    recyclables from our 131 recycling plants.

Single Stream Residential Recycling (SS)
Single Stream Recycling
  • In 2001, Waste Management became the first major
    solid waste company to focus on residential
    single-stream recycling, which allows customers
    to mix recyclable paper, plastic and glass in one
    bin. Residential single-stream programs have
    greatly increased the recycling rates, recovering
    typically as much as 35 more materials
  • Single-stream recycling is made possible through
    the use of various mechanized screens and optical
    sorting technologies.

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Commercial Single Stream Recycling
With residential SS recycling now well under way
WM is advancing similar collection and processing
capabilities for Commercial application Corrugated
, Office Paper, Beverage containers are all being
collected in the same container. This
completely reverses the ratio of trash to
recycling in many businesses.
Third Party Recycling
  • 3 million tons per year of material from
    printers, shredders, paper converters, envelope
    manufacturers, retail etc
  • Brokerage
  • Bale route (OCC)
  • Loose volumes (e.g.. Shred trucks, small

Electronics Recycling
  • A study by the US EPA showed that in 2005 used or
    unwanted electronics amounted to between 1.9 and
    2.2 million tons most of which was discarded in
    landfills with less than 400,000 tons recycled.
    500 million computers became obsolete in the last
    10 years.
  • By recycling old electronics products, useful
    materials such as glass, plastics and metals can
    be collected and re-used to manufacture other
    products. Recycling not only reduces the amount
    of waste disposed, it also minimizes the
    extraction of new raw materials from the earth
    and resources required for processing, saving
    energy and reducing greenhouse gases in the

Sony Take Back Program
  • Began September 15th 2007 and enables consumers
    to drop off Sony electronic consumer products for
    free at 75 WM/WMRA.
  • The program also allows other manufacturers
    consumer electronic products to be dropped off
    for a fee.
  • As the Sony Take Back Program expands the number
    of eCycling drop off centers will expand to at
    least 150 within the year with at least one
    location in each state.
  • Our goal is to have a drop off location within 20
    miles of 95 of the U.S. population

By recycling old electronics products, useful
materials such as glass, plastics and metals can
be collected and re-used to manufacture other
products. Recycling not only reduces the amount
of waste disposed, it also minimizes the
extraction of new raw materials from the earth
and resources required for processing, saving
energy and reducing greenhouse gases in the
Landfill Gas
  • With 300 landfills we have a vast renewable
    resource in landfill gas which is a medium Btu
    gas which can be used to fuel engine or turbine
    driven power generation
  • Our renewable energy group provides landfill gas
    management, power plant construction and
    operation, and energy marketing. We helped
    pioneer the landfill gas-to-energy industry, and
    we continue to aggressively develop new
  • We currently supply landfill gas to over 100
    beneficial-use gas projects in North America
  • 470 megawatts of energy-enough to
    power approximately 400,000 homes-and replacing
    nearly two million tons of coal per year.

Bioreactor Landfills
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  • operates to rapidly transform and degrade organic
  • increase in waste degradation and stabilization
    is accomplished through the addition of liquid
    and air to enhance microbial processes
  • Decomposition and biological stabilization in
    years vs. decades in dry tombs
  • Lower waste toxicity and mobility due to both
    aerobic and anaerobic conditions
  • Reduced leachate disposal costs
  • A 15 to 30 percent gain in landfill space due to
    an increase in density of waste mass
  • Significant increased LFG generation that, when
    captured, can be used for energy use onsite or
  • Reduced post-closure date

  • WM is currently engaged in research with the EPA,
    state agencies and leading researchers into
    Bioreactor landfills to determine the
    environmental and economic benefits of Next
    Generation Technology what practices best promote
    the safe operation of bioreactor landfills
  • With small changes in the way landfills operate,
    our Next Generation Technology has the potential
    to transform landfills from permanent waste
    repositories to waste treatment systems and
    energy generation facilities, with far greater
    benefit to our communities.
  • This technology is currently being employed at 10
    landfills across the US and Canada

  • The University of New Hampshire receives 80 to
    85 of its energy from landfill gas collected at
  • Cascades Paper uses office waste paper from WM
    at a paper mill powered by our landfill gas. Our
    annual report is printed on it
  • Waste Management helps power the BMWs
    manufacturing plant in Spartanburg SC with
    landfill gas piped from Palmetto landfill to
    generators to the plant which co-generates
    electricity and heats water
  • Dells Global Campus 2.1 million square foot
    headquarters announced last week it is going 100
    Green using all of the power generated from our
    Austin landfill and the remainder from wind power

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Recycling efforts, 3.8 million tons in 2005
  • Landfill gas collection and control systems
  • 500 diesel trucks have been replaced with cleaner
    natural gas
  • 800 trucks have been retrofitted with special
    pollution controls such as oxidation catalysts or
    particulate trap filters, to reduce emissions
  • As a founding member of the Chicago Climate
    Exchange (CCX), Waste Management has committed to
    reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by six
    percent from its 1998-2001 baseline emissions by

Waste to Energy
  • Our Wheelabrator division operates 16 waste to
    energy facilities
  • The EPA has said waste to energy plants produce
    power with less environmental impact than almost
    any other source of electricity
  • Each day enough power is generated for 700,000
  • Ferrous metals are also recovered from these

The Green SquadSM works with businesses,
hospitals, educational institutions and
retailers. Audit teams map the sources and
composition of waste streams and provide a
comprehensive Audit Report that acts as a
step-by-step guide to expand recycling
capabilities, reduce waste disposal and optimize
overall program management costs.
Wildlife Habitat
  • Across the U.S. and Canada 33 WM sites earned the
    Wildlife Habitat Council certification.
  • WHC -with our members and partners, we continue
    to share a vision to conserve and restore natural
    ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the
    earth's biological diversity.
  • In 2006 WM received the first ever Corporate
    Wildlife Habitat Councils President Award which
    was established to recognize individuals at
    member or partner organizations who have
    demonstrated leadership in community outreach,
    conservation education and environmental
    stewardship. Our recipients demonstrate
    leadership attributes and an innovative strategic
    vision to building conservation programs within
    economically viable, sustainable communities.

Elephant Conservation
  • Announced Feb 7, 08, The National Elephant
    Center is creating a national elephant
    conservation center in central Florida. The
    Center is on 300 acres owned by WM. The first
    elephants arrive next year
  • This land is adjacent to land we maintain as a
    natural area certified by The Wildlife Habitat
    Council and provides food and nesting areas for
    the threatened Florida Sandhill Crane as well as
    other species

  • We see our landfills as a form of recycling with
    beneficial re-use of the land at our sites. We
    have 10s of thousands of acres for community
    parks, recreation areas and wildlife habitats.

Message from the boss
The fact is we are not just a company. We are
people. We are stewards of the earths
resources. We are citizens of the communities in
which we work. Whether at work or at home, we
have the same obligation to conduct ourselves in
a safe and responsible manner. We have the same
duty to help build better communities, to respect
and protect our natural resources, to respect and
protect our people and to do the right
thing David Steiner CEO
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