Top waste management stocks for fighting climate change

Zach Stein

Here’s our list of all the top waste management stocks for climate change that are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as of 09/23/20. 

We put it together at Carbon Collective because we wanted a way to invest in all of the companies building solutions to climate change. From renewable energy stocks, to LEDs stocks, to recycling stocks

For humanity to stop climate change, we need to process our waste far more sustainably. According to Project Drawdown, each of the following has the potential to reduce global carbon emission significantly.  

We focused on landfill methane capture as recycling and composting levels are often decided at the municipal level. To be included in the list below, a waste management company must have methane capture infrastructure installed on over 50% of its landfills. 

Disclaimer: We had trouble finding all of these stocks in one place online. So, we built the following list. We’re publishing it purely for informational purposes and not a recommendation to buy or sell. 

  • % CHANGE (3-YR)
  • % CHANGE (5-YR)
Waste Management
+243.31 %
+827.10 %

Casella is a waste management co. in NE US. They capture methane at over half of their landfills and have built regional recycling and composting programs

+57.78 %
+0.00 %

Waste Connections collects methane from other half of their landfills in addition to recycling or "diverting" over 50% of what they collect away from landfills.

+57.01 %
+156.64 %

WM captures methane at 62% of its landfills and is a national leader in advocating for recycling and municipal compost

We’ve updated this list as of 09/23/20. If there are companies that you believe we are missing, we’d love your help keeping this list up to date. Please email

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So we built the world’s first series of climate-friendly, diversified, low-fee investment portfolios and teamed up with a world class online brokerage platform to automatically manage them.

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