Announcement to the Press

Waste Management & New York City Department of Sanitation


4th Annual M/WBE Forum


This Highly Anticipated Virtual Event Connects Vendors to Opportunities

To Help Grow Their Businesses in 2021 and Beyond


NEW YORK, NY – January 20, 2021 – NYC Department of Sanitation and Waste Management (NYSE: WM), the leading provider of environmental solutions in North America, today announced their upcoming 4th Annual M/WBE Supplier Summit. The virtual event will be conducted Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 10 to11 a.m.

Waste Management takes great pride in its supportive and ongoing 25-year relationship with the City of New York. In 2018, the company committed to the city Department of Sanitation to spend at least $50 million with M/WBE vendors and businesses by 2038. WM already has spent over $10 million with M/WBE business in its regional Greater Mid-Atlantic operating area.

With many businesses experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WM and the city Department of Sanitation have expanded this year’s forum to include opportunities in three of the company’s operating areas, the Greater Mid-Atlantic Area which includes the NYC, New Jersey, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, its New England Area, which includes New York State, and its operating region that includes Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and western Pennsylvania.

The progressive and diversified event agenda will open with an introduction by Jim VanWoert, WM Director of Disposal Operations. Vendors then will have the opportunity to select and attend simultaneous 15-minute workshops specific to WM opportunities, Department of Sanitation opportunities, and the Department’s M/WBE S.O.A.R (Sustainable Operations and Readiness Resources) program.  This initiative enables Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises to easily identify Department procurement opportunities and take advantage of capacity building initiatives.

John Velandia, Waste Management’s Supplier Diversity Manager, then will explain how businesses can become WM suppliers.

The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion moderated by Carmen Perez, WM’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area Director of Finance/Business Partner. Panelists will include WM’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area Vice President Rafael Carrasco, WM Vice President for Western Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland Ronald Ward, and New York City Department of Sanitation Chief Diversity Officer Kevin Wells.

“This is a golden opportunity to secure and do business with Waste Management and the New York City Department of Sanitation,” Mr. Wells said of next week’s program.


The program is recommended for M/WBE businesses that supply electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, general contracting, janitorial and pest control services and those interested in the S.O.A.R program.

Registration: RSVP here | Contact: jhambros@wm.com | dfrascel@wm.com

About Waste Management

Waste Management is North America’s largest environmental solutions provider and serves more than 21 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers across the United States and Canada. To learn more about WM, please visit www.wm.com


About DSNY

The NYC Department of Sanitation is the world’s largest sanitation department. DSNY collects more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional garbage and 1,760 tons of the recyclables each day. To learn more about DSNY, please visit www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/home