Waste Management partners with the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN), Keep America Beautiful (KAB), The Recycling Partnership (TRP), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and others to increase individual overall awareness and understanding of the benefits of recycling right. Through national and local partnerships, we also support environmental projects and education that aim to deepen understanding of waste behavior and impacts. In 2019, during the Waste Management Sustainability Forum, we announced a $100,000 donation to support National Geographic’s environmental and science education programs. Our donation helped support the creation of educational materials on the plastic crisis in National Geographic’s digital Resource Library, a repository of free education offerings, including classroom resources, to teach students about ocean plastic and how they can be part of the solution.
KAB is a national community improvement nonprofit organization that has been working to end littering, improve recycling and beautify communities for more than 65 years. In 2019, Waste Management was a national sponsor of KAB’s America Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. To help commemorate the day, Waste Management sponsored the Recycling Hero Award, recognizing a veteran or active military servicemember who exhibits an outstanding commitment to recycling; a U.S. EPA and KAB Forum; an Innovation Fair; and the America Recycles Summit—where Waste Management’s recycling leaders supported U.S. EPA in their recycling commitments. Many Waste Management sites also hosted community events and facility open houses to inform and educate neighbors of all ages about how to better manage their waste.
As a strong advocate of environmental stewardship, we regularly share our passion by raising awareness in news stories and through social media posts to educate the public about recycling: