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Waste Management of Orange County

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Offices in Irvine and Santa Ana  •  wmorangecounty.com
Founded: 1986
Director: David Ross (municipal and community relations, Orange County)
Chief Green Officer: Chrystal Denning

When Waste Management employees say “think green,” they really mean it. The folks who work here are responsible for keeping Orange County clean. The company services the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana and unincorporated areas of the county. And while Waste Management team members are picking up after others, they’re practicing their own earth-friendly initiatives. Example? You know those big, green trucks you see being driven around service areas? Well, by powering most of these vehicles with natural gas, it’s like taking 10,000 cars off of the county’s roadways every day – yes, daily. The company’s sustainable operations at both the Irvine and Santa Ana maintenance facilities are so environmentally friendly, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has even recognized them as Pollution Prevention Model Shops. The entire operation is taking action, too. Its new state-of-the-art processing line in Irvine will help keep an additional 30,000 tons of waste from landfills, and everyone on the Waste Management team embraces earth-friendly practices.

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM