Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, waste management specialist Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Clean Harbors facts

Headquarters (founded) Norwell, Mass. (1980)
Market Cap $3.1 billion
Industry Environmental and facilities services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.1 billion
Management Founder/Chairman/CEO Alan McKim
CFO James Rutledge
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 14.0%
Cash/Debt $246.5 million / $536.6 million
Competitors PSC
Veolia ES Technical Solutions
Waste Management

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 330 members who have rated Clean Harbors believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last month, one of those Fools, RSue, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community: "They are a dominant player in the environmental clean-up and toxic waste management field. Unfortunately, managing the human fouling of the earth's natural eco-systems will be an ongoing worldwide problem and need."

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