Waste Management is one of the largest waste management, comprehensive waste, and environmental services companies in North America. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company offers a variety of recycling and waste management services, including waste collection, landfill operations, waste-to-energy plants, and more. The company has a strong commitment to sustainability and is focused on improving their business practices in order to decrease the amount of waste they create.

A thriving urban economy often means more construction and manufacturing, but these actions also produce municipal solid waste that needs to go somewhere. As a result, landfills are filling up and polluting soil and water. Thankfully, more consumers and businesses are becoming environmentally conscious and demanding responsible waste management protocols. These include reducing the use of resources, reducing hazardous materials and promoting recycling and reuse.

However, there are still many challenges to implementing effective and sustainable waste management. Some of these obstacles include correct waste diversion and tracking, and the fact that a significant portion of recyclables are actually sent to landfills instead of being recycled.

To combat these issues, many communities and cities have created municipal solid waste authorities to fund disposal infrastructure, coordinate planning, and manage collection and disposal operations. These agencies are typically publicly owned, and they set their garbage fees annually to fully fund operations without subsidy or profit. This approach offers a number of benefits, including clear links between the fee and service cost, waste reduction incentives, independent access to capital, and fairness.