Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, a leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, titled “Creating a Circular Economy,” which documents the company’s progress on recycling, energy production, transforming waste into valuable resources and helping businesses move toward zero waste.
“As our customers have become more focused on waste reduction, so have we,” said David Steiner, Waste Management president and CEO. “By finding new ways of extracting value from the materials we manage, we’re making advancements toward our long-term business strategy, and helping others do the same.”
“We believe we can reuse materials in a ‘circular economy’ that operates as a true closed-loop system, where little is wasted. There’s a lot of work ahead to make this vision a reality, but we’re committed for the long run because we see the potential to radically transform the way we all define — and interact with — waste,” continued Steiner.
In its latest Sustainability Report, Waste Management lists amongst its many achievements the ongoing lowering of emissions: By the end of 2014, Waste Management will operate over 70 natural gas fueling stations to power its growing fleet of alternative fuel trucks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company currently operates more than 3,500 of these vehicles, the largest fleet of its kind in North America.
Natural Gas Vehicle Milestones:
- Waste Management set a goal of reducing total fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent below 2007 levels by 2020; it achieved fleet CO2e emissions of 18 percent below 2007 levels in 2013.
- With more than 3,000 natural gas collection trucks on the roads in North America, Waste Management has the largest fleet of vocational heavy-duty natural gas trucks in the United States. Fleet expansion continues — more than 90 percent of the trucks purchased in 2013 had natural gas engines.
- Replacement of an old diesel truck (2006 or older) with new natural gas truck reduces diesel fuel use by an average of 8,000 gallons per year and greenhouse gas emissions by about 22 metric tons per year (the equivalent of a 21 percent emissions reduction per truck).
- Natural gas fueled trucks are also quieter than diesel and cut smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 50 percent compared to the cleanest diesel trucks.
(Source: Waste Management)