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When was Waste Management formed?

The company known today as Waste Management, Inc. was originally incorporated September 30, 1987 in Oklahoma under the name USA Waste Services, Inc. On April 28, 1995, USA Waste reincorporated in Delaware. Then, in 1998, USA Waste acquired the company formerly known as Waste Management, Inc. and USA Waste changed its name to "Waste Management, Inc." The company that USA Waste acquired, that had been known as "Waste Management, Inc." was based in Oakbrook, Illinois, and was incorporated in Delaware in 1968.

When did WM begin trading on the NYSE?

WM began trading on the NYSE in 1998. In the merger between USA Waste the former Waste Management (trading on the NYSE under the symbol “WMX”), 0.725 of a share of new WM was issued for each share held in WMX.

Does Waste Management have a direct stock purchase plan and/or a dividend reinvestment plan?

Computershare Shareowner Services, the transfer agent and registrar for Waste Management stock, administers a direct stock purchase plan for the company. Learn more

Does Waste Management pay a dividend?

Waste Management, Inc’s Board of Directors regularly evaluates and determines the timing and rate of dividends. Historically, WM has paid quarterly dividends and has a strong track record for growing its dividends on an annual basis.

How can I stay up-to-date on company announcements?

Sign up for email alerts for news releases, presentations and SEC filings.

Will I automatically receive financial reports from Waste Management?

Shareholders who hold their shares through our transfer agent, Computershare should receive notification when we issue our annual report. Contact Computershare at 1-800-969-1190 to verify your address on file. If you purchased shares in "street name" and your broker holds them, then Waste Management provides shareholder materials to that broker. Please contact your broker directly to discuss any delivery problems. All shareholders may register to receive their proxy electronically.

Does Waste Management provide for "householding" of proxy materials?

Yes. We have adopted a procedure approved by the SEC called “householding.” Under this procedure, stockholders of record who have the same address and last name and do not participate in electronic delivery of proxy materials will receive only one copy of the Annual Report and Proxy Statement unless we are notified that one or more of these individuals wishes to receive separate copies. This procedure helps reduce our printing costs and postage fees.

If you participate in householding and wish to receive a separate copy of this Proxy Statement and the Annual Report, please contact: Waste Management, Inc., Corporate Secretary, 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 4000, Houston, Texas 77002, telephone 713-512-6200.

If you do not wish to participate in householding in the future, and prefer to receive separate copies of the proxy materials, please contact: Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention Householding Department, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone 1-800-542-1061.

If you are eligible for householding but are currently receiving multiple copies of proxy materials and wish to receive only one copy for your household, please contact Broadridge.

What is the tax basis of my shares?

To determine the tax basis of your shares when you sell them, use your adjusted cost: the share price plus commission paid to purchase the shares. You can find this information on the statement you received from your broker at the time you purchased the shares. If you don't have that statement, contact your broker to get a replacement copy. To reconstruct records on your own, you will need to know the date of the original purchase, purchase price, broker commission, dividend reinvestment history and stock split history. A local library's microfilm archive is the best resource to find the value of shares on a particular date. Consult the S&P stock guide, the Value Line Investment Survey, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times financial section for a history of stock prices, stock splits and dividends. If a stock paid dividends and the dividends were reinvested, all reinvested dividends need to be included in the cost basis along with the number of shares purchased.