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Up Close | Dave Wallace of Waste Management

Where others see waste, Dave Wallace and his team at Waste Management see opportunity. As Sr. District Manager at Orlando Hauling, he works alongside 220 employees operating 125 vehicles with 100 collection routes servicing Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. As a whole, sustainability is the central motivation for the transformation from a waste collection and disposal company to one that views and uses waste as a resource. In all things, Waste Management strives to be a good corporate citizen to its community – and the curbside is just the beginning.

 

AN EXPANSIVE VISION

Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. As part of our strategy, we are committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals. Whether it’s through recycling or creating energy from ordinary trash, we are working to create smarter solutions for what used to be considered waste.

 

DOING GREEN, DOING GOOD

Waste Management operates the Orange County Material Recovery Facility (MRF), where recyclables are processed.  Single stream recycling allows for all recyclables to go in the same container with no sorting needed. The state-of-the-art equipment and extensive quality control process minimizes contamination and ensures that its recyclable products meet all market specifications.

In addition, we’re leading the way in organics recycling statewide. We own and operate two comprehensive facilities, one of which is located in Central Florida. The facility processes pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste with yard waste into organic compost products marketed by Garick. Customers include Publix, Whole Foods, and the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

Other green initiatives include a recycling rewards system (Recyclebank) in Osceola County, solar powered trash compactors, simple recycling solutions for fluorescent lamps, dry cell batteries, lighting ballasts, mercury devices, computers and electronics, and more. We’re also involved with organizations that are working to address community concerns and actively support many events.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Our company not only works to pick up today’s trash and recycling, but is helping to build a more environmentally sound future as well. Companywide, Waste Management has 2,000 natural gas vehicles and 80 percent of our new truck purchases are natural gas vehicles. We will begin converting to CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles in Orlando in 2014.

Today and always, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in three specific ways: 1) Knowing the Customer – understanding the customer so well that we become a strategic partner in the design of their products and expand our business opportunities; 2) Extracting More Value – working to phase out undesirable material selection can lead to sustainability success and more valuable material entering our MRFs; and 3) Innovating and Optimizing – partnering with our customers to promote innovative design choices that differentiate them in the marketplace and communicate true commitments to sustainability.

 

 

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