Charitable Contributions

Waste Management gives back to communities throughout the U.S. and Canada through financial contributions, in-kind giving, participation on an organization’s board or the sharing of our expertise. Whenever possible, we engage with local stakeholders to understand specific community needs.

Volunteering in Our Communities

We pride ourselves on having an employee base dedicated to revitalizing our local communities through kind acts of volunteerism. Employees may take eight hours per year of paid time off during work hours for volunteer efforts. In 2015, volunteers reported contributing nearly 800 hours during paid working hours. This total does not reflect the thousands of hours we know our employees volunteer on their own time. As part of our work with Keep America Beautiful and the Wildlife Habitat Council, we encourage our employees to volunteer in their local areas on projects we sponsor throughout the year. Here are a few of the examples of how Waste Management employees supported their communities in 2015:

  • Phoenix frontload commercial driver Rick Boersema suggested a food drive competition to see which line of business could collect the most food for a holiday drive benefiting the Valley of the Sun United Way. The maintenance and sales team won, collecting 989 items; in total, Phoenix North employees collected more than 2,000 items to benefit 82,000 households.
  • Drivers from Northern Virginia, Gaithersburg, Fredericksburg, Baltimore and Southern Maryland provided pickup and disposal services of all 230,000 wreaths delivered to Arlington National Cemetery for the winter holidays.
  • Our Western Canada team made a young cancer survivor’s day when they granted his wish to see a truck in real life. Driver Len Robinson arrived at his door with a Waste Management hat, a toy truck and, best of all, the chance to sit in a disposal truck.

Supporting Communities
When Disasters Strike

When disasters strike, Waste Management responds with recovery efforts, particularly when the disaster happens in our areas of operation. Such was the case in 2015 when Texas and Oklahoma saw record rainfall, with nearly 600 flash flood warnings in May alone. In response, we donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross, along with dumpsters to aid in cleanup in both states. In October 2015, relentless rains led to historic levels of flooding across South Carolina, and Waste Management again donated $25,000 to support direct efforts provided by the American Red Cross.

Finally, we work to prepare our employees for disasters as part of our culture of safety. For example, employees in Orange County, California, participated in online training through Business and Family Emergency Recovery Training (BERT), a nonprofit that helps people prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. The training, offered in both English and Spanish, earned each employee participant Emergency Operations credentials through the American Council for Accredited Certification.

Total Charitable Contributions,
Cash and In-Kind
(in millions)