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

The following site covers subject matter through 2018.

Better Solutions

Recycling

Performance

2017 Recycling Performance

Waste Management managed over 15 million tons of material for beneficial
use in 2017, broken down as follows:

What We Recycled(in tons)
15.33Million TonsTotal Recycled Materials
Paper
9,025,439
Mixed Organics
3,376,683
Fly Ash
972,894
Glass
771,043

Metal
487,770
Plastic
433,040
C&D/Wood
115,036
E-Waste/Lamps
31,295
Other
121,608
Why We Recycled
  • To save 117.8 million mature trees
  • To fulfill the annual power needs of 1.59 million homes
  • To avoid 32.5 million metric tons of GHG emissions
  • To supply enough fresh water for 28.1 million people for a month
  • To meet the annual municipal waste needs of 27.9 million people
  • To save 63.2 billion gallons of water
  • To conserve 17.4 billion kWh of electricity
  • To preserve enough timber resources to produce 2 trillion sheets of printing and copy paper
  • To save 24.5 million cubic yards of landfill space
Where We Recycled
map of recycling facilities

Material Recovery Facilities

  • 44 Single Stream
  • 28 Paper Only or Other Commercial Materials
  • 14 Other
  • 11 Construction and Demolition Debris
  • 2 Dual Stream