Recycling operations involve a complex flow of materials. We collect, and our facilities receive, recyclables from a variety of sources: our own trucks, city collection crews, customers and competitors. Because of the complexity of this network, we realize that it makes more sense to work with partners across the industry than to try to identify and solve business challenges on our own.
Waste Management has several key partnerships, including The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works closely with cities, counties and states to implement effective programs; Keep America Beautiful, which works with local communities to help teach the fundamentals of recycling to a broad consumer base; and Industry Associations that include the National Waste and Recycling Association (NW&RA), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Our national partnerships on recycling are important means to educate legislators, regulators and the public about ways public policy can maximize the environmental benefits latent in recycling, or impede progress in this area. They are important means to advance the sustainability of recycling over the long term by serving as resources on recycling technology, end markets, and life cycle analyses. Local partnerships are equally important, and we participate actively with groups around the country. Read more in our Communities section.