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  • Organic Waste
    At-A-Glance
  • Fast Facts:
    Co-Digestion
  • WM Organics
    Processing Sites

One-third of food goes uneaten across the globe. Wasted food can add billions of tons of GHG emissions to the atmosphere. In the U.S. alone, more than 60 million tons of food is wasted each year, and displaced food carries a price tag of well over $160 million. The EPA estimates more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, making up 22 percent of the disposed stream. Organic materials — primarily discarded food and yard trimmings — comprise approximately 30 percent of the waste stream — and Waste Management continues to utilize new technologies to extract economic and environmental value from these materials.

In 2017 Waste Management processed 3.38 million tons of source-separated organic materials, including yard trimmings, food waste and biosolids — sludge sourced from wastewater treatment facilities. Most of the organic waste collected goes to facilities that create marketable compost and soil amendment products.

Waste Management Bulkbins™ Used for Organics Waste

We continue to innovate to make it easier to capture the value of organics in an efficient, and environmentally protective manner. Over the past several years, Waste Management worked with container manufacturers to create a new bin, Bulkbin™, uniquely designed for commercial generators of organic material. In Denver, Colorado, our Bulkbin™ concept was put to good use with a Waste Management client who was struggling to move its facility to zero-waste status. We utilized our Bulkbin™ containers to divert the heaviest material in their waste stream — animal feed products that did not meet their product sales specifications — from landfill. Today, 100 percent of this material is diverted to a compost facility, with the program filling over 200 Bulkbin™ containers — 20 to 30 tons — daily.

In addition, we worked with a large retailer to provide organics recycling services utilizing the Bulkbin™ as part of a reverse logistics approach to economically transport unusable food wastes. That program has been rolled out to over 170 stores utilizing over 1,300 Bulkbins™.


Organic Waste At-A-Glance
3.38 Million Tons of Organic Material Recycled
15.4
million
gallons
of EBS produced

Food converted to biogas produced enough renewable energy to power over 1,350 homes

*Total gallons of the EBS® (organic slurry) produced as of 8/2018

44
Organics
Recycling
Facilities

The largest organics recycling infrastructure

  • 40 Waste Management managed composting and mulching facilities, 13 of which can accept food waste
  • 4 CORe® facilities
19
Bulkin™
Programs
Utilizing 2,500+ Bins

Serving customers across various industries, including manufacturing, distribution and retail


Fast FactsCo-Digestion
50-100%+
BioGas
Production

Increase in renewable biogas production with as little as 10 percent EBS®
volume addition

>99%
contamination
removal

CORe® produces a clean EBS® product by removing packaging and other non-degradable material

~0%
Biosolids
Generation

Little to no additional generation of biosolids with EBS® according to independent, peer-reviewed research

INFOGRAPHIC

WM Organics Processing Sites

Composting and mulching are proven, low-cost solutions for managing large volumes of organic materials. Waste Management’s portfolio includes 40 facilities that produce compost and mulch products. We also work with customers to innovate new composting solutions.

  • CORe®
  • Boston CORe®
  • NNJ CORe®
  • Orange Transfer and MRF Recycling
  • Varick I Transfer
  • Compost/Mulch
  • Altamont Landfill
  • Autumn Hills Landfill
  • Coastal Plains Landfill
  • Countryside Landfill
  • CT Valley Landfill
  • DADS Landfill
  • Deer Track Park RDF
  • Dekalb County RDF
  • Eco-Vista LLC
  • Fitchburg (RCI) Landfill
  • Glanbrook LF
  • Green Shadows LF
  • GROWS Landfill
  • Guadalupe Rubbish Disposal Co
  • Compost/Mulch
  • High Acres Landfill
  • Johnson County Landfill
  • Kirby Canyon Landfill
  • Lake View Landfill
  • Lancaster Landfill
  • Laraway RDF
  • Metro RDF
  • Middle Pennisula Landfill
  • Midway Landfill
  • Milam RDF
  • North Valley MRF
  • Okeechobee Landfill
  • Orchard Ridge RDF
  • Outer Loop RDF
  • Palmdale Landfill
  • Compost/Mulch
  • Pheasant Run RDF
  • Prairie View Landfill
  • Redwood Landfill
  • South Hills Landfill
  • Timberline Trail RDF
  • Valley Landfill
  • Venice Park Landfill
  • Vista Landfill
  • Willow Ranch Compost Facility
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