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

The following site covers subject matter through 2018.

Better Company

Goals &

Since 2007, we have been working toward a set of goals to achieve by 2020, all designed to position Waste Management as the leader in environmental services, reduce our overall impact on the environment and differentiate us from competitors. Since then, we’re proud to say significant progress has been made.

On our journey toward those 2020 goals, the recycling market has changed around us, as has our business strategy. We’ve taken a hard look at recalibrating our goals based on environmental burden-reduction attributes such as energy or emissions reductions, in particular greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. We want to clearly communicate the environmental benefits our services provide.

Waste Management Sustainability Goals


  1. Environmental Goal

    Waste Management will offset four times the GHG emissions we generate through our operations by 2038.

    In 2017, the services that Waste Management provided offset the emissions of our own operations by three times. Waste Management’s new goal, a jump from three times to four, will require us to decrease the emissions from our operations while increasing the emissions-reduction services we provide for ourselves and our customers.

    Emissions Reduced
    • Fleet and fuel: Waste Management will emit fewer emissions through our operations by transitioning from diesel to alternative fuel vehicles in 90 percent of our entire fleet. We will use renewable fuel in over 90 percent of our vehicles. Our goal of emitting fewer emissions requires an investment in a Near Zero fleet. Over 90 percent of our fleet purchases are ”NZVs” (Near Zero Vehicles), which will allow us to reduce emissions associated with our fleet 45 percent by 2038, against a 2010 baseline.

    • Facilities: Waste Management will continue to improve energy efficiency at our facilities, reducing our own emissions throughout our systems.

    Emissions Avoided
    • Production of renewable energy: Waste Management will avoid emissions by capturing methane at our landfills for use by third parties as renewable electricity and renewable fuel.

    • Recycling: Waste Management will increase avoided emissions by recycling materials for the greatest environmental benefits.

  2. Community Goal

    Waste Management will help make communities in which we live and work safe, resilient and sustainable.

    Though our operations span 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.

    We concentrate on initiatives that enhance our environment, promote education and improve the livability of our communities. Focus areas include:

    • Projects that reduce environmental impacts, including beautification and litter control efforts

    • Providing environmental education and outreach

    • Support of wildlife preservation efforts

    • Support of safe neighborhood programs

    • Support of a variety of charitable giving projects

Recyclables Managed

(million tons)

On-Road Fleet Emissions Reductions

(percent reduction in MTCO2e emissions)

Waste-Based Energy Production


Number of Wildlife Habitat Programs

Numbers reflect both “Lands for Learning” projects and specific habitat sites. Note that in 2017, the WHC program was revised to emphasize site quality and impact rather than quantity. Our program has taken that approach as well.

Number of Acres Protected

Our WHC partner has changed its emphasis from acreage to site quality and impact of project, and we are shifting our goal accordingly.