We’re committed to a more sustainable future for our communities. After all, taking care of the environment by managing and reducing waste is our business. Since 2007, we have been working toward a set of goals to achieve by 2020, all designed to position Waste Management as the leader in environmental services, reduce our overall impact on the environment and differentiate us from competitors. Since then, we’re proud to say significant progress has been made. On our journey toward those 2020 goals, the recycling market has changed around us, as has our business strategy. We’ve taken a hard look at recalibrating our goals based on environmental burden-reduction attributes such as energy or emissions reductions, in particular greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. In 2018, we set two new goals reaching beyond our 2020 targets to the next twenty years:

  • Environmental Goal: We will offset four times the GHG emissions we generate through our operations by 2038.
  • Community Goal: We will help make communities in which we live and work safe, resilient and sustainable.
We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in managing recyclables, reducing fleet emissions, producing renewable energy from waste, supporting wildlife habitat programs and protecting land. To learn more about our sustainability performance, visit

Recyclables Managed

(in million tons)

On-Road Fleet Emissions Reductions

(percent reduction in MTCO2e emissions from a 2010 baseline)

Waste-Based Energy Production


Number of Wildlife Habitat Programs

Numbers reflect both “Lands for Learning” projects and specific habitat sites. Note that in 2017, the WHC program was revised to emphasize site quality and impact rather than quantity. Our program has taken that approach as well.

Number of Acres Protected

(thousand acres)
Our WHC partner has changed its emphasis from acreage to site quality and impact of project, and we are shifting our goal accordingly.