Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Waste Management (NYSE:WM), the nation's top trash hauler, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Waste Management's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Waste Management facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1987)

Market Cap

$16.3 billion


Commercial services and supplies

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.89 billion


CEO David Steiner (since 2004)
CFO Robert Simpson (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$612 million / $8.25 billion

Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on WM Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on WM Also Bearish on

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)
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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 477 All-Star members who have rated Waste Management believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars devoish and PsychoDr, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just two weeks ago, devoish applauded Waste Management's non-wasteful use of its cash: "Buying smaller companies, buying back shares, paying down debt. You go guys."

In a pitch from the same day, PsychoDr counts the ways he loves the stock. Here's an excerpt:

I love waste management. Not just because they pick up my trash every week, and not just because they only charge me every other month ($40.00 a pop), but because they also charge every neighbor in my neighborhood the same $40.00 a month. ... I don't just love them because they are a stable, monster player in a field with very little chance of new players popping up over night (read huge moat). ... I like these guys because they are a green energy play. That's right, a GREEN ENERGY play. First of all, they are a huge recycler. Not much money in that now, but when the economy comes back it will help the bottom line just that much more. ... Now the really big thing for me is the methane they are using to produce electricity. ... How can you not love a company that gets people to pay them to pick up things that they then use to create other things that they sell to other people. Every time i see one of those trucks, it just makes me smile.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Republic Services, Waste Management, and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Apple and Starbucks are Stock Advisor selections. Pfizer and Waste Management are choices of Inside Value. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.