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Waste Management
Waste Management
Left to right: Steven Rothmeier, CEO, Great Northern Capital; Patrick Gross, chairman, Lovell Group; Thomas Weidemeyer, former COO, UPS; David Steiner, CEO, Waste Management; Frank Clark Jr., CEO, ComEd; Pastora San Juan Cafferty, professor emerita, University of Chicago; W. Robert Reum (seated), CEO, Amsted Industries Far right: Jack Pope, chairman, PFI Group
Declines in U.S. construction and spending meant less trash in 2009, but raising prices while cutting costs enabled Waste Management to produce nearly $1 billion in profits. Serving 20 million customers, the giant waste collector is also North America's largest residential recycler, managing more than 7 million tons of recyclables last year, like those seen at this plant in Phoenix.

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Last updated April 15 2010: 7:09 AM ET
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