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THE PEOPLE BEHIND OUR PROGRESS Tej Kullar, National Accounts Manager

As a National Accounts Manager at WM, Tej Kullar has long understood the importance of sustainable practices. When his daughter was born 10 years ago, he began thinking even more deeply about the role that each person can play in leaving the planet better than we found it.

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WM has a long history of supporting our communities and environmental stewardship through collaboration, community engagement and environmental impact.

We work with organizations such as the National Waste & Recycling Association, The Recycling Partnership, Wildlife Habitat Council, National Forest Foundation, Tree Canada, Feeding America, Food Banks Canada and Slow Factory, to foster relationships with supporters who educate key stakeholders on environmental initiatives critical to sustaining our social impact priorities.

With operations spanning North America, we strive to keep our cities, provinces and counties safe, resilient and sustainable—better places to work and live, today and in the future. To do so, we support events, programs and organizations that align with three focus areas:

  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Vitality

WM hosted or supported 850 community events in 2020, which is lower than in years past, due to COVID-19.

How We Give Back

~15,000
protected acres of
wildlife habitat
3M+
meals donated through
employee giving campaigns
$15.4M
total charitable contributions
(cash and in-kind donations)
50,000+
trees planted in public lands
57,565
community members participated in environmental
stewardship and civic activities1
  1. The number of people we were able to reach through community events and educational activities was lower in 2020 than in years past due to COVID-19.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND OUR PROGRESS Tej Kullar, National Accounts Manager

As a National Accounts Manager at WM, Tej Kullar has long understood the importance of sustainable practices. When his daughter was born 10 years ago, he began thinking even more deeply about the role that each person can play in leaving the planet better than we found it.

WM’s Pledge to Plant campaign in 2021 gave Kullar a new opportunity to do more to preserve the environment at work and at home. For the campaign, Kullar pledged to better understand his own impact on the environment and educate others about how to live more sustainably, starting with small, everyday changes. The knowledge he shared with friends and family has caught on. Kullar’s daughter is now part of a green team that encourages recycling at her school. His friends have begun separating recycling and organics at gatherings.

He’s learned that every person can make a difference. Just like Kullar, WM team members across North America dedicate their time to educate family, friends, customers and neighbors about the importance of recycling right, the value behind conserving resources, and the impact their actions can have on the planet—and people—we all want to protect.