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Waste Management of Charlotte County Dedicated to providing sustainable environmental solutions and building sustainable partnerships in Charlo e County Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. It is the nation’s largest recycler and a leading developer of waste-to-energy and land ll gas-to-energy facilities. At WM, waste no longer goes to waste. In 2011, WM extracted almost 12.9 million tons of recyclables from the waste stream, a 61 percent increase in four short years. e company has an aggressive goal of increasing that number to 20 million tons of recycling by the year 2020. Here in Charlo e County, the company continues to invest in progressive environmental solutions with plans to roll-out new services such as: Electronics Recycling With the ever-growing consumption of electronic products, such as cell phones, computers, televisions, stereos and radios, comes an ever-increasing risk of contamination. Electronic items may contain hazardous waste, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, that could end up in the environment. By diverting these electronics from the waste stream, WM is protecting the natural beauty that Charlo e County residents enjoy and saving taxpayer money by extending the life of the land ll. In partnership with Charlo e County, WM is proud to roll out a curbside Electronics Recycling program in April 2013. Solar Waste Compactors In an e ort to continue to raise awareness about recycling, WM will be delivering solar compactors to Charlo e County. e self-powered compactors reduce costs and carbon emissions by eliminating unnecessary waste collection. When waste levels get too high, an internal sensor turns the compactor on, giving each 35-gallon receptacle a 180-gallon capacity. en, a wireless system signals for pickup, cu ing both vehicle service miles and the fuel use required for collection by up to 80 percent. New Options in Single Stream Recycling For every ton of Single Stream Recycling that is collected, 4,000 kilowa s of electricity is saved, enough to power 2,500 homes for a day. With thousands of residents and visitors enjoying Charlo e County’s numerous outdoor events, there is a great opportunity to capture more recyclables. WM will be working with event organizers like the Florida International Air Show to create a customized recycling plan with pre-event education of vendors, onsite supervision and strategically placed recycling containers. Waste Management is proud to be a sustainable partner in Charlo e County. For more information, visit www. inkGreen. com or www.WM.com.

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