Title

Strategic Environmental Management for the Waste Management Industry

Date of Award

3-16-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Anton Camarota

Keywords

Integrated solid waste management; landfill; recycling; Recycling (Waste, etc.); Refuse and refuse disposal; waste collection; waste management

Abstract

The waste management industry is comprised of companies engaged in the collection, treatment and disposal of waste materials. The industry is dominated by three companies; Waste Management, Allied Services and Republic Services. Regulatory and economic pressures are acting to reduce the volume of waste disposed through landfilling and incineration. If these companies are going to continue to be profitable with reduced waste volumes they will need to adopt an environmental strategy that maximizes their existing assets, develop partnerships with their customers and stakeholders, improve energy efficiency, and improve their organization's public image. Smaller companies and entrepreneurial enterprises are in an excellent position to carve niche markets for themselves by providing targeted alternatives to the service offerings of the major companies.

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