The Bullish Case: There are few industries with wider economic moats than garbage collection and waste management, as the North American sector is dominated by Waste Management and its chief rival Republic Services, INC. With a network of 346 transfer stations, 293 landfill disposal sites, 146 recycling facilities, six power production plants, and a fleet of over 26,000 collection vehicles, Waste Management has the infrastructure to remain an industry leader for decades to come. But Waste Management is not strictly a garbage collection company either. With branches in hazardous material removal, security services, dumpster and portable toilet rental services for construction sites, Waste Management is working towards becoming a total industrial conglomerate. The company has also shifted much of its focus to recycling and sustainability, which definitely ties in hand in hand with the new Biden administration’s shift to green energy and creating a country that is drastically reducing its carbon emissions.
Final Verdict on Waste Management: This isn’t a growth stock that you can expect exponential growth from at this point in its business cycle. At the same time, any new innovation or expansion, and a market cap of $50 billion can easily become a ten-bagger to $500 billion in a heavily saturated market with little competition. Waste Management is a stock that you can buy and hold forever, collecting dividends, and knowing full well that a segment of your portfolio is safe and secure.