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Additional Information[edit]

Hi everyone, my name's Rob and I work for Waste Management. I just wanted to let you know about a few things I thought were missing. I listed them as best I could, with sources!

Marketing

Below are some links (the first from the New York Times) about WM's branding efforts, which isn't really mentioned in the marketing part of the page:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/business/media/07adco.html?_r=1&scp=9&sq=waste+management&st=nyt&oref=slogin

ThinkGreen.com http://www.thinkgreen.com

Discovery Channel http://seekingalpha.com/article/79984-discovery-channel-bets-on-planet-green?source=news_sitemap

Here's a social networking the site the company sponsored the creation of: http://www.greenopolis.com

Truck Advertising http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2006/09/11/story8.html

Company Financial Information

This is our filing with the SEC and has our corporate structure better detailed, as well as some operations. http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/823768/000119312508065280/ddef14a.htm

Also from this link, you see that Thomas H. Weidemeyer is a missing board member.

Ethics

While WM has had some ethical issues in the past, since starting, our CEO has been committed to changing that:

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2008/06/02/daily45.html

http://ethisphere.com/wme2008/

We also produce renewable energy

Linde Announcement http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/29/BUTS10DSNP.DTL

Reuters article on Landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN1230791320080521

2nd Reuters Article on LFGTE http://www.reuters.com/article/idUKN1237108620080521

WSJ articles talking about LFGTE expansion http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119063786976437292.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

LFGTE Expansion http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2007/09/24/daily3.html

Single stream recycling

Overview on single stream recycling, which we are expanding: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/eco-friendly/recycling-bins-single-stream-460428

New Jersey Single Stream plant http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080430/NEWS/80430010

Sustainability, Environmental Goals

We've also set environmental goals that will carry our business to 2020:

2007 Announcement http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20071010-1413-wastemanagement-environment.html

2007 Announcement http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2007/10/13/waste-management-spend-billions-green-agenda

We have a lot of things going on! Believe me, I read this page before getting hired, and once I got here I found out so much more. I think a lot of this is worth including. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 156.101.1.5 (talk) 20:56, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Question: and I know you probably won't get a chance to read this, but if you could list these here, why couldn't you just add these things yourself? We could have cleaned it up for you if you were in a hurry... Tubularbells1993 (talk) 13:41, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Legal History[edit]

This whole article is curiously light on all of the many and varied indictments and the anti-trust issues. Shouldn't the federal and state, civil and criminal proceedings at least be addressed?

Done, however that section severely lacks NPOV now that they are. I think I might work on a new draft of the article to better incorporate these issues into the main body, as I have a very good source to do so. Tubularbells1993 (talk) 02:35, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Citations[edit]

Here's a citation for the $457 million shareholder settlement and $7 million fine: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/regulation/view/ chapter 5 deals with the WM scandal —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.157.113.117 (talk) 07:07, 4 February 2007 (UTC).

Dead link, I cannot get to it (403 Forbidden error)(?) Tubularbells1993 (talk) 02:43, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Citations or sources box thingy[edit]

This article does cite some sources. That first paragraph needs to be revised a little because it was copied word for word from the Overview section on the About page of the Waste Management, Inc. web site. Fiver2552 20:10, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Environmental Record[edit]

Though I'll agree that W.M. has done some great things for the environment, this is severely lacking in NPOV. It ought to sound a bit more objective... —Preceding unsigned comment added by MHotwagner (talkcontribs) 00:31, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Yeah... It looks like a block of text copied from an advertisement. There's also no citation for it. Square126 (talk) 16:36, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I propose a complete and total deletion of that section altogether. POV is unbalanced with this section and the legal issues not merged into the History section. Tubularbells1993 (talk) 02:44, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

“Hi, this is Rob from Waste Management. As you may have seen, I recently updated the content on Waste Management’s Wikipedia page to clean up the language and address the community’s concerns about citations from third-party sources. That being said, I believe that the two tags posted to our “Environmental Record” in July and October 2009 are no longer valid, as we have made the language factual and neutral in tone, and have cited relevant resources to support these facts.

I would like to request that any editors on the page review this new content and, if the tags are no longer needed, please remove them from the page. Thanks in advance for your help and consideration.” —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rkidwell (talkcontribs) 21:01, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Rob, I was about to remove the tags, but I found that the NPR link is dead. Can you provide a verifiable source? (Maybe the page is in the Internet Archive. Also, please use the 'Edit summary' field. {Update: found one.} --Elvey (talk) 20:16, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Labor relations[edit]

What the hell is this? Someone hates WM enough to bring some charges against it without citations. I hate that: Someone puts some controversy onto a page and doesn't even bother to cite ANY of it. Tubularbells1993 (talk) 18:23, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

Doesn't sound very professional and it's severely unbalancing hte NPOV (as if it was here to begin with) Tubularbells1993 (talk) 00:40, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
I agree, I balanced it somewhat and added some references. Any better? Postoak (talk) 01:18, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
LOL now it is, I just hate it when people add it and expect someone else to clean up afterwards, you shouldn't have HAD to do that XD Tubularbells1993 (talk) 13:37, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Would this reference be helpful? http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/teamsters-tell-waste-management-stop-aggressive-talk-send-goon-squad-packing,1223356.shtml
It describes the "Green Team" (the alleged "goon squad" of WMI) and the complains of the labor against WMI, as well as mentions an accident in which "a locked-out employee was struck by a WMI truck driven by a Green Team member." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.88.44.99 (talk) 23:14, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

What's a customer?[edit]

How can a company that handles more than a quarter of US trash have under 20 million 'customers'? I guess if a housing complex of 100 4-person families is considered one customer, then it could work out.--Elvey (talk) 19:55, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Recycling, Renewable Energy and International[edit]

Hi all -- this is Robert from Waste Management. I've added a few sections with information on recycling, renewable energy, and our international operations. I've cited all sections with a variety of relevant sources and have done my best to keep it neutral in tone. Please let me know if there is anything you have questions about. Thank you (156.101.1.5 (talk) 21:04, 20 August 2010 (UTC))

Dates Issue[edit]

I noticed that in the History section that a descendent began hauling wagons of garbarge for $1.25 per wagon load in 1971 and WM went public that same year. Also, the company appears to be founded by his son in 1968. Either his son just left his ancestor pulling around wagon loads by himself while he started a public company or the dates are wrong and need to be corrected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.34.24.34 (talk) 23:07, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

[edit]

I've removed this 2011 tag because I can see no evidence of advertorial here, and the tagger left no Talk message. Perhaps drive-by tagging, which seems to infest WP's business section? The overall POV of the article, with its lengthy Issues section, is if anything negative to the company. Perhaps the problem, whatever it was, has been resolved in the last 4 years. Chrismorey (talk) 05:28, 9 June 2015 (UTC)