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Community Engagement

Environmental
Justice

WM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate.

This includes considering matters of environmental justice (EJ), which the U.S. EPA defines as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

Over the past several decades, we have worked closely with the U.S. EPA and other stakeholders in developing EJ tools, including the EJSCREEN tool. EJSCREEN uses nationally consistent data to identify and quantify factors related to demographic indicators and environmental quality and health. WM is the only company in our industry to publish information about our sites using this tool. See all of our facilities.

States and municipalities are increasingly adopting requirements for EJ reviews as part of permitting decisions. These policies generally require agencies to examine the potential for projects to disproportionately impact low-income and minority communities. WM supports policies that advance high standards of environmental performance and the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures and incomes.

Recognizing the increased focus on EJ, WM is marshalling experience from our existing best practice programs that have been implemented in communities across the country to develop a comprehensive, enterprise-wide program. Through the development and oversight of an Advisory Council, sharing of best practices throughout the company and the use of data through EJSCREEN, WM is developing programs to maintain a leadership role in our ongoing efforts to create an inclusive and equitable EJ program.

Learn more about our progress toward specific SDG targets in our ESG Resource Hub.

Environmental Justice: WM Facility Review

Proximity to WM Facilities
(within a 1 km radius)

  • 93% Households with incomes above U.S. EPA’s definition of low income
  • 7% Households with incomes below U.S. EPA’s definition of low income
  • 53% Minority Population
  • 47% Non-Minority Population

Population by Race
(within 1 km of all WM facilities)

  • 46.9% White
  • 24.7% Hispanic
  • 12.8% Black
  • 10.3% Identify as Other
  • 4.3% Asian
  • 0.8% American Indian
  • 0.2% Pacific Islander