Waste Management (WM) this week released its 2018 Sustainability Report — Driving Change: Change for the Better. The report highlights progress toward reducing Waste Management’s (WM) greenhouse gas footprint, recycling viability, technology utilization and helping employees, customers and communities to be safe, resilient and sustainable.
“The world is changing more rapidly than ever. To sustain and succeed in the face of this change requires agility, adaptability and, above all, a resilient spirit,” said Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer of Waste Management. “We see these qualities tested and proven countless times each day by our employees who manage the environmental needs of our customers. This year’s Sustainability Report is a testament to our continued commitment to our planet and our people.”
Waste Management has committed to reducing emissions associated with its fleet by 45 percent by 2038, against a 2010 baseline. From 2010 through 2017, WM has reduced fleet emissions 28 percent.
Renewable Natural Gas
Waste Management operates the largest fleet of heavy-duty natural gas trucks in North America, and nearly one third of these run on 100 percent renewable natural gas (RNG) generated from landfill gas.
100 percent of the company’s natural gas fleet in California, Oregon and Washington runs on RNG, which reduces GHG emissions by 70 percent compared to diesel.
WM has committed to invest approximately $400 million annually in the cleanest near-zero-emissions trucks available. At the end of 2017, its natural gas fleet counts 6,536 trucks, which comprise the largest heavy-duty natural gas truck fleet of its kind in North America. 80% of all new vehicle purchases are natural gas vehicles (NGV).
WM vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut GHG emissions by 15 percent and are quieter than diesel trucks.
For every diesel truck replaced with natural gas, WM reduces use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of GHG emissions annually. 60 million gallons of natural gas are dispensed each year from 110 owned and operated filling stations.
Waste Management, Inc. is a member of NGVAmerica.