Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, trash hauler Waste Management (NYSE: WM) 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 $17.9 billion
Industry Waste management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $12.52 billion

CEO David Steiner (since 2004)

CFO Robert Simpson (since 2004)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 8.7%
Cash/Debt $540 million / $8.9 billion
Dividend Yield 3.6%

Casella Waste Systems (Nasdaq: CWST)

Republic Services (NYSE: RSG)

Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,025 members who have rated Waste Management believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kbdunn9 and Scottmacd33.

Just last month, kbdunn9 tapped Waste Management as an essential selection: "I like companies that fulfill a basic need such as food, clothing, shelter, and garbage removal, and Waste Management is the top in its field. Add to that it's recycling strategies and expansion into China, and I think you have a winner."

Waste Management's three-year average return on capital (8.7%) even tops that of competitors Casella (3.6%), Republic Services (5.5%), and Waste Connections (7.2%).

CAPS member Scottmacd33 elaborates on the bull case:

No. 1 in the space, solid dividend, healthy balance sheet, breaking into China (which has a huge trash problem) and continuously looking for innovation (recycling commodities, converting waste rotting in landfills into natural gas). Seems like a winner and feels good to see a company doing good for the environment and making money.

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