As the title sponsor of the “Greenest Show on Grass,” Waste Management has received numerous accolades for working with the Phoenix Thunderbirds, vendors and fans to keep 100 percent of materials from the PGA’s most popular tournament out of a landfill. But the company’s impact on sustainability in Arizona goes beyond the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Here in the Grand Canyon State, Waste Management generates enough renewable energy to power 2,000 homes and has a growing truck fleet on target to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,000 tons. Named to Fortune’s “Change the World” list in 2015, the company’s 1,500 employees in Arizona support businesses big and small to reach their green goals without losing focus on the bottom line.
Waste as a resource
From curbside recycling to converting landfill gas to energy, Waste Management focuses on extracting value from waste to reduce energy and water consumption and dependence on fossil fuels.
At the Northwest Regional Landfill in Surprise, the Landfill-Gas-to-Energy plant produces 3.2 megawatts of renewable energy each year for APS, offsetting the use of about 13,000 tons of coal.
Next door at the Arizona Community EcoCenter, 350 tons of recyclables from businesses and communities across the valley are processed, baled and shipped off to manufacturers to become new products. WM’s Recycle Often, Recycle Right™ campaign seeks to improve recycling practices by reducing contamination and increasing participation through public education.
For businesses looking to convert to natural gas vehicles, access to infrastructure is critical. WM operates CNG fueling stations in Phoenix and Mesa available for public use by both commercial and personal vehicles.
By the end of the year, Waste Management’s fleet of natural gas trucks in Arizona will reach 161, with every vehicle representing a 22 metric-ton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Helping your business think green
Building an environmental strategy doesn’t have to break the bank. WM partners with local companies like Intel, APS and SRP to help them track and achieve rigorous sustainability goals without sacrificing financial objectives. Seeking LEED® certification for your building project? WM experts have the experience you can count on to earn LEED® points to get your project recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.
From the “Greenest Show” to helping partners green their businesses, Waste Management proves that financial and environmental stewardship can coexist. Connect and read case studies atwww.ThinkGreen.com.
– Written by Josh Coddington, marketing and communications manager, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. This article is part of the Chamber’s Business Buzz newsletter.