Waste Management Inc. - Statistics & Facts

Waste Management Inc. was formed in 1971 in the United States after its three founders, Wayne Huizenga, Dean Buntrock, and Larry Beck, started to buy up as many small garbage collection services in the country as possible. Waste Management is currently one of the largest waste companies in North America. The company provides services like collection operations, transfer stations, landfill disposal, and recycling.

Among its diverse services, Waste Management provides electronics recycling, also called e-cycling, where they offer proper disposal services for products like televisions, cell phones, and computers. Waste Management has partnered with LG Electronics in offering an e-waste take-back and recycling program which also evaluates the recyclability of the product and aims to improve the recyclability of LG’s products. Waste Management’s subsidiary, WM Recycle America, operates about 150 e-waste centers across the United States. About 66 percent of consumer smartphones were recycled in the country in 2015.

Waste Management also owns several waste-to-energy facilities which collects municipal solid waste and converts it into renewable electric power. The United States consumed 482 trillion British thermal units of waste energy in 2017. In 2010, Waste Management invested into Canada’s Enerkem Inc. which specializes in converting commonly landfill-disposed material, such as construction and demolition wood, into biofuels. Recently, the company developed a technology that converts landfill gas into fuels that company vehicles can use.

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