Tackling the Plight of the Pollinators through WHC Programs
Pollinators are a vital part of the world’s ecosystems. In their search for nectar, species such as butterflies, moths, bees, hummingbirds, and (in some regions) bats pick up and transfer pollen between flowers, enabling those plants to reproduce.
Unfortunately, the large majority of pollinating species are experiencing drastic population declines, due to factors such as habitat loss and degradation and overuse of pesticides. European honeybees and bumble bees, for example, are dramatically impacted by the indiscriminant use of neonicotonoid insecticides, as observed in events like the massive bumble bee die-off in Oregon last summer.
Waste Management is meeting these challenges to pollinator conservation head-on in its work with the Wildlife Habitat Council. The environmental non-profit certifies 132 WM programs at landfills, transfer stations, and other facilities through its two signature certification frameworks: Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning. A large number of these certified programs incorporate pollinator-friendly habitat and pollinator-themed education into their initiatives.