Innovative waste reduction program in Canada to deliver cost-savings for Canadian business

    Green Squad(SM) first in the waste management industry to offer suite of
    sustainability solutions

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Waste Management, Inc. today kicked off national
Waste Reduction Week with the launch of a new and innovative program - Green
Squad(SM) - that helps Canadian businesses find the sources of their waste,
provide a step-by-step plan to reduce it and, in many cases, realize
significant cost-savings.
    Green Squad audit teams help businesses reduce their environmental impact
and waste to landfill with solutions that range from simple recycling plans to
complex zero-waste initiatives.
    In addition to waste solutions, Green Squad provides a complete spectrum
of eco-solution services for industrial and commercial business of all sizes
and sectors including sustainability solutions in energy, water, real estate
efficiency, event and venue, and construction and demolition materials
management. The environmental benefit of these sustainability solutions
includes helping to protect valuable natural resources, saving energy and
promoting clean air and water.
    "Green Squad does much more than a simple assessment of a company's waste
stream," said Angus Kenny, regional manager Green Squad in Canada. "We look at
every aspect of a company's operations to develop comprehensive solutions that
make the most sense for our customers. And we go beyond providing advice
because we have the resources through Waste Management to implement our
program recommendations."
    "Waste Management's Green Squad is our first choice in helping establish
a holistic and cost-effective approach to waste and recycling practices
throughout Christie. Green Squad's audit and program recommendations allowed
us to improve our recycling performance from 65 per cent in 2007 to
80 per cent recycling rate in 2008 in the first year of our ISO14001
environmental program," noted Peter Pekurar, senior manager, Integrated
Management Systems, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc.
    "Eco-friendly thinking is an emerging practice that is leading companies
to completely reassess traditional growth and profitability models," said Jim
Halter, vice president, Green Squad, LLC. "Industry leading companies are
adopting sustainability strategies to deliver profitable growth and long-term
market leadership."
    The Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector is the biggest
component of the Canadian waste stream accounting for two thirds of the waste
stream or 18 million tonnes while the remaining waste, 9.2 million tonnes,
came from residential sources. According to a recent Statistics Canada survey,
Canadians and businesses generated 35 million tonnes of waste while recycling
only eight million tonnes.
    More information about Green Squad can be found at

    About Waste Management

    Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of
comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries
provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal
services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of
waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.
Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal
customers throughout North America. To learn more visit or

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