WM sustainability report highlights waste-to-energy projects

By Erin Voegele | January 11, 2018

Waste Management recently published its 2017 Sustainability Report, which provides a brief overview of the company’s landfill gas-to-energy operations and waste-to-energy goals.

MW has set a goal to produce enough waste-based energy to meet the annual needs of 2 million households by 2020. In 2016, the company produced enough waste-based energy to power approximately 470,000 homes. Prior to the divestiture of its Wheelabrator waste-to-energy business in 2014, WM produced enough energy to power 1.08 million households.

The sustainability report also indicates that MW currently operates 131 landfill-gas-to-energy facilities. On its website, MW states that plans to continue to expand its energy projects over the coming years.

The sustainability report notes that WM’s renewable energy generation avoided approximately 2.252 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent GHG emissions in 2016, up from 1.04 million metric tons in 2015.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the WM website.