The 2019 update to our 2018 Sustainability report is available here.

The following site covers subject matter through 2018.


Contributions that bring positive
change to where we live and work.

on this Page

  • How We Give Back

Local Communities

Though our operations span nearly 20 million customers in the U.S. and Canada, we are very much a local business that is an integral part of the communities we serve. We want to help make our communities, cities, towns and counties better places to work and live — today and for the future. To do so, we support events, programs and organizations that are as varied as the thousands of communities and individuals we serve.

In 2017, we sought feedback on the responsiveness to our community engagement among the people we serve. We found that 25%Of Customersare aware that we are engaged in the community.
In contrast,82%Of Our Employeesrate the company’s community support as good or very good.Our goal will be to reduce the gap between employee and community awareness of what we do to improve the areas in which we work.

We concentrate on initiatives that enhance our environment, promote education and improve the livability and resiliency of our communities, all of which ties to our sustainability goals to increase and improve recycling, produce renewable energy, reduce emissions and preserve wildlife habitat.

We have long been involved in environmental projects that preserve and protect healthy ecosystems, and we optimize our work with national organizations such as Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Their respective national programs allow us to have local impact at hundreds of sites across our operating areas. Our employees also work in partnership with community-based groups, as well as conservationists, universities and environmental organizations, to support healthy ecosystems.

2017 was an especially tough year with respect to natural disasters, as some of the worst hurricanes on record — Harvey, Irma and Maria — rocked communities across the U.S., including Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Houston, Waste Management’s headquarters. As a company, we directed $4 million toward relief efforts in the U.S., and through the Waste Management Cares Fund, our people stepped up to help 550 impacted fellow employees during their time of need.


How We Give Back

Protected Acres
Of Wildlife Habitat
Wildlife Habitat
Community EventsHosted and/or Participated in
by Waste Management
$17 Million
Program Total
Contributions (cash and in-kind donations)
PeopleParticipating in Environmental Stewardship
and Community Betterment Activities
Including K-12 Youth and College Students