Waste Management, Inc. is North America's leading provider of integrated environmental solutions.
Today’s customers want to know that the waste they generate is handled in the smartest way possible. They want solutions that are better for the environment and, at the same time, better for the bottom line. They want services that focus on reducing, recycling and recovering waste. And more. They want waste to be used in beneficial ways, like generating renewable energy or creating alternative fuels that vehicles can run on. They want options for every waste stream, whether it comes from a house, restaurant, hospital or elsewhere. And so do we.
Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. We recognize that the best way to build a stronger company is to listen closely to what customers want and then deliver. That’s why we have invested in developing waste solutions for a changing world. Today, this includes not just disposal and recycling, but personal counseling to help customers achieve their green goals, including zero waste.
With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry, our entire business can adapt to meet the needs of every distinct customer segment, including municipalities, construction sites, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings and many others.
Waste Management is also a renewable energy provider, producing enough electricity to power more than one million homes. One of the ways we do this is by recovering the naturally occurring gas inside our landfills to generate electricity, called landfill-gas-to-energy. By the end of 2013, we operated 137 beneficialuse landfill-gas projects, producing enough energy to power nearly 500,000 homes.
We also use waste to create energy through a highly efficient combustion process, called waste-to-energy. Through Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., our waste-to-energy subsidiary, we operate 16 plants that produce enough clean, renewable energy to power 853,000 homes and replace nearly 7 million barrels of oil. In 2013 alone, Wheelabrator converted more than 7.5 million tons of municipal solid waste into approximately 5.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
In addition to collection, recycling and disposal, Waste Management is expanding its service offerings to meet the industry demands of our customers.