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Bill Plunkett

Waste Management, Inc., whose divisions operate throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of its 2013 World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies.

Ethisphere is a leading international organization dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability.

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The organization recognized Waste Management for the sixth straight year. It cited the company for its strong corporate culture focused on deep commitments to ethics and communities and setting and achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

"This recognition from Ethisphere reflects our most fundamental commitment to keeping the environment--and our people and our neighbors--safe," said David Steiner, chief executive officer and president of Waste Management. "As an industry leader, we continue to develop strategies to extract value from waste, which both minimizes our environmental impact and provides more value to our customers."

This is the seventh year Ethisphere has published the rankings. Ethisphere evaluated a record number of applications this year and reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. After conducting in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere named companies that surpassed their industry peers to this year's World's Most Ethical Companies list.

"We are very proud of the Ethisphere recognition because it speaks to Waste Management's strong culture, the values and character of our people, and the contributions we are making to the communities we serve," said Michael Watson, Waste Management Illinois-Missouri Valley Area Vice President. "We are committed to run our operations ethically and serve our customers across Illinois, Indiana and the Missouri Valley states by meeting the very high standards they expect from us."

The methodology for the Ethisphere ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

"Waste Management continues to be a staple component of our list, for the sixth year running, and we are pleased to reward its commitment to ethical business practices," said Alex Brigham, executive director of Ethisphere. "Waste Management has accomplished a great deal through its various sustainability initiatives, and we are excited to see the company continue to make major progress in achieving its goals."

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/wme. The World's Most Ethical Companies list will be featured in the 2013 Quarter 1 issue of Ethisphere Magazine.

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