Global X Funds Launches Waste Management ETF (WSTE)

Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs), today launched the Global X Waste Management ETF (NYSE:WSTE). WSTE 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,” said 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.


Global X Funds is a New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds that facilitates access to investment opportunities across the global markets. With $1.7 billion in managed assets as of March 31, 2011, it is one of the fastest growing ETF providers in the world with a focus on Global Commodities, Developed and Emerging Markets fund suites. For more information, please visit


Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investing may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume.  Narrowly focused investments may be subject to higher volatility.  Securities in the Fund’s portfolio must comply with a broad range of environmental laws and regulations. Additional or more stringent environmental laws and regulations may be enacted in the future and such changes could have a material adverse effect on Fund’s investments. The waste management and recovery and recycling industry can be significantly affected by demographic and urbanization trends, competition, environmental factors, technology developments, government regulation, and the availability and expense of environmental insurance. Negative developments of any of these factors could have a material adverse effect on Fund’s investments.

Carefully consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, charges and expenses before investing. This and additional information can be found in the Funds’ prospectus, which may be obtained by calling 1-888-GX-FUND-1 (1.888.493.8631), or by visiting Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Global X Management Company, LLC serves as an advisor to the Global X Funds. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with Global X Management Company or any of its affiliates.

Structured Solutions AG Indexes have been licensed for use by Global X Management Company, LLC. Global X Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold, or promoted by Structured Solutions AG, nor does this company make any representations regarding the advisability of investing in the Global X Funds.

Index data source: Structured Solutions AG.  Index components subject to change.

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