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Environmental Services

WM Sustainability

One of the many ways WM helps our customers operate more sustainably is through WM Sustainability Services (WMSS).

Through a suite of long-term advisory and implementation services, WM works closely with customers to achieve sustainability goals. WMSS has two focus areas:

On-site Support

1,400 WM team members are embedded at the facilities of industrial customers, advising on and providing solutions for cost savings, sustainable materials management and regulatory compliance.

Sustainable Sports & Entertainment

Our professionals help advance sports teams, venues and organizations along the path to sustainability, leveraging knowledge of the complex needs and environmental impacts of stadiums and major events.

An annual example of WM’s expertise in planning and executing sustainable events is the WM Phoenix Open, the largest third-party-certified zero waste event in the world. WM has sponsored the tournament since 2010, and while most fans enjoyed the tournament from home rather than on the course in 2021, we continued to engage them—as well as players and brands—in our sustainable mission.

WM Phoenix Open Impact

WM kept the energy and excitement of the WM Phoenix Open alive through the #GreenBucketList Sweepstakes. By engaging with WM on social media, fans were entered to win access to the WM Green Suite at the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. WM also created a new virtual sustainability tour to teach fans about the tournament’s comprehensive sustainability program, and brand videos to highlight how the WM Phoenix Open implements zero waste.

Even PGA TOUR players get to learn about the WM Phoenix Open’s zero-waste efforts. In 2021, all players received a set of glasses made by Refresh Glass, an Arizona-based glassware company that repurposes wine bottles captured from the 2020 tournament. With their circular gift, players found a quick guide to recycling and composting on course as well as sustainability metrics about the tournament’s initiatives related to water restoration, greenhouse gas emissions management and zero waste. TPC Scottsdale also worked with WM to develop new signage on waste diversion and sustainability metrics in key areas in the clubhouse.

All participating brands, vendors and sponsors agreed to sustainability requirements that guarantee we remain a zero waste event. Beyond ensuring that waste is not generated at the event, we prioritize brands that use post-consumer recycled content. For example, companies such as apparel manufacturer Unifi, aluminum container manufacturer Ball Corporation and paper box manufacturer Pratt all use curbside post-consumer recycled content in products that are seen or used at the tournament.

The WM Phoenix Open is just one example of the many events we manage. While the pandemic led to the cancellation of many events in 2020, the Sustainable Sports and Entertainment Team helped with a limited number of events throughout the year that:


almost 1,000 tons of waste from landfills, including 226 tons of organic materials and 619 tons of recyclable material;


13 tons of food and 8 tons of other material through donations;


552 MTCO2e through waste diversion programs; and


zero waste at four events, all prior to March 2020.

9 years
certified zero waste
5 years
reducing our carbon footprint and offsetting remaining emissions
325M gallons
of water restored over six years
of vendors committed to sustainability standards
8 months
of zero waste operations each year