Global X Funds has launched the Global X Waste Management ETF (Ticker: WSTE), which is approximately evenly divided among the disposal of hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste and recycling sectors.
The world’s population growth and burgeoning middle class is creating a steady rise in demand for energy and consumer products, with an ever-increasing need for sanitation and waste-disposal services. The proper disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste is a critical and growing aspect of many industries, especially as corporations are held more accountable for the waste they produce.
Investors in WSTE may stand to benefit from mandatory safety standards and environmental regulations imposed on these companies, which enforce the removal of pesticides, petrochemicals, nuclear, and industrial waste. In addition, the process of recycling is critical for managing available resources and controlling the costs of basic materials. If the world’s appetite for raw materials continues to grow, recycling may stand to become increasingly cost effective and a more viable substitute for primary production.
“The Waste Management ETF (WSTE) provides relatively easy access to a global industry that continues to grow rapidly as the world’s population and individual incomes expand along with the need to manage waste and recycle resources,” says Global X Funds CEO Bruno del Ama.
The Global X Waste Management ETF tracks the Solactive Global Waste Management Index, which tracks the price movements in shares of companies which are active in the hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste and recycling industries. As of April 7, 2011, the three largest components of the index were Stericycle Inc., Waste Management Inc., and Veolia Environnement SA.