We take our role as an industry leader seriously. Although our operations are based in North America, the implications of our industry on critical issues, such as climate change, are far-reaching.
Waste Management’s vision for Big Ideas and Bold Action for a Better World extends beyond our own company and industry, touching on issues impacting our entire value chain. Not only are we engaged in dialogue about transformative solutions to protect our planet, at our annual Sustainability Forum we are bringing others into the conversation and driving change where we can make the greatest impact.
Highlights of Waste Management’s thought leadership activities over the past year include:
Sports for Climate Action
Using sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness, the Waste Management Phoenix Open committed to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action (S4CA) in 2019. The S4CA positions sports organizations and their communities on the path to the low-carbon economy envisioned by the Paris Agreement.
We Are Still In
To show our support for emissions reductions aligned with the Paris Agreement and climate science, in 2019 Waste Management signed the “We Are Still In” commitment to the Paris climate agreement. More than 3,700 U.S. organizations—and growing—have expressed their continued commitment to reduce emissions to levels dictated by science. Organizations that join “We Are Still In” commit to supporting climate action to hold warming to well below two degrees Celsius and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Waste Management has made this commitment as part of our CDP submission for the past three years and has aligned it with our 2038 sustainability goals.
Recycling Demand Economics
As global recycling markets continue to constrict, Waste Management has elevated the dialogue around the need for domestic end-market demand. From the stage at the U.S. EPA’s America Recycles Day event in Washington, D.C., to our own Circular Economy Showcase at the Waste Management Sustainability Forum, we have been a leading voice promoting the need for manufacturers to use post-consumer content in their products and for governments, industries and individuals to buy products made with post-consumer content. As an example, Waste Management has committed to purchasing collection carts made with post-consumer plastic from residential collection programs.