Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Waste Management (NYSE:WMI), 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, Texas (1894)

Market Cap

$13.79 billion


Environmental and facilities services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$12.93 billion


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

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Republic Services (NYSE:RSG)
Casella Waste Systems

CAPS members bullish on WMI also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on WMI also bearish on:

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)
Lennar (NYSE:LEN)

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

Over on CAPS, 454 of the 465 All-Star members who have rated Waste Management -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include freestate80 and dhd1491, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last month, freestate80 urged Fools not to waste the opportunity: "Trash. Not the sexiest of industries. Plenty of trash and will continue to be so. Sells methane gas from its landfills. Looking for expansion opportunities. Shareholder friendly management."

In a pitch from one month earlier, dhd1491 taps the stock as a dirty way to make some income, to boot:

Trash will be with us always; so [Waste Management's] revenue stream is inherently safe, forever.

The business is capital-intensive, which is a double-edged sword, of course. It provides a barrier to entry (good) but incremental growth is expensive (bad). In this type of business, you want economies of scale on your side, which [Waste Management] has in spades.

Due to the severe recession we're in, landfill volumes are off in a huge way, YOY, yet [Waste Management] is still solidly profitable. … The upside, of course, is that when the economy improves, so will [Waste Management's] business. Meanwhile, you can bank those dividend checks with no fear of a cut.

In my portfolio, [Waste Management] is one of a handful of cash cows that relentlessly spit out dividends that I can re-invest. A rock-solid core holding.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Waste Management, Republic, and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection, as is Starbucks. Starbucks is also an Inside Value choice, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.