OFFICIAL RULES FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT "WM THANKS YOU" SWEEPSTAKES ("SWEEPSTAKES")


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. Sweepstakes runs on www.wmthanksyou.com from 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time ("PT") on 1/1/14to 11:59 p.m. PT on 12/31/14 ("Promotion Period").

ELIGIBILITY: SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN TO WASTE MANAGEMENT ("WM") BUSINESS CUSTOMERS ("Customer") AS OF 12/31/13 IN THE US, PUERTO RICO AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC). The individual performing the entry ("Entry") on behalf of the Customer must be a legal resident of the US, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is 21 years or older and an authorized representative of the Customer. Limit: One entry per Business per week.. Eligible Customers must be in "Good Standing”, which means that Customer's WM service contract payments must be up-to-date and current with no payment or other amounts outstanding and the Customer cannot be in default of any provision of their contract as of 12/31/13, up to and including the date the Prize is awarded ("Good Standing"). Employees, directors and officers of Waste Management, Inc. ("Sponsor") and its respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, or any of their agents, promotional, marketing and other agencies, vendors, and their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse) and persons living in the same households of each such employee (whether related or not) are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a Prize. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

How to enter: Visit www.wmthanksyou.com and complete the online Sweepstakes entry form during the Promotion Period and provide the required Entry information including the business name, address, telephone and email contact information and the business' WM account number. The WM employee information fields on the Entry form are requested, but not required, for you to enter in or win this Sweepstakes. In case of a non-corporate Customer, an Entry will be declared made by the authorized business owner (Business Owner) associated with the Customer's WM account. If more than one owner exists, the Sponsor and Administrator will look at the first individual listed on the WM contract as the authorized representative for the Customer for all purposes relating to this Sweepstakes. In case of a corporate Customer, an Entry by an authorized representative (Representative) will be deemed made in representation and on behalf of the eligible corporate Customer. The entrant (Business Owner or Representative) associated with a potentially-winning Entry may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized owner of the e-mail address associated with a winning Entry, that he/she is the Business Owner or the authorized corporate Representative for the Customer and that all eligibility requirements for this Sweepstakes have been met by the entrant and the Customer. In the event of a dispute, the authorized Business Owner will be determined to be the entrant. Only one Entry per eligible WM business account number per week allowed per WM Area (*see link below for Area breakdown) during the Promotion Period, regardless of the number of people who own the business or number of locations. Any attempt to obtain multiple entries by using different or multiple e-mail addresses, identities, log-ins, automatic entry software or any other method is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Entries in excess of the maximum Entry limit will be disqualified.

Prizes: A total of 204 winners – 17 per month (one prize per 17 geographic Areas*) during the Promotion Period - will each receive the total amount of their WM Business Service Contract ("Contract") payment for one month up to $500 (see link below for Area breakdown). Prize does not include any taxes, insurance or other optional products or services which may be included in the winner's Contract. If a winner's one-month Contract is less than $500, the winner will not be entitled to the difference in cash or otherwise. If winning Business Owner has multiple locations, only the Contract amount for the location that was selected to win will be awarded. Winners must be current Customers in Good Standing on the date the Prize is awarded, or the Prize will be forfeited. Canadians eligible to claim a Prize will be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind whether mechanical or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question that will be administered by the Program Administrator prior to being declared a winner.

Once a Business has been awarded a Prize, that Business will not be included in any subsequent drawings during the Promotion Period or any future Promotion Periods (if applicable) and is not eligible to win a second time. If there are no entries in an Area or the only eligible entrant(s) has already received a prize, the remaining prize(s) for that Area will not be awarded until there is an eligible entrant(s). Prizes that are not awarded due to lack of eligible entrants will not be awarded in a future drawing. Prize amount will be based on each winner's scheduled payment as it appears on their billing statement for the month their account number was drawn. Prize will be awarded as a one-time credit to the winner's account and will be reflected on their next billing statement.

*Click here for Regional Breakdown for Prize Distribution

Prize Award: The randomly-selected winners will be notified by email and postal mail within 10 business days of the winner selection process. If a potential winner does not otherwise respond to the notification, the Prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from the pool of eligible entrants to date. A potential winner who is disqualified for any reason will not be entitled to any form of compensation. The Prize, and any Prize component, is non-transferable and Prize substitution will not be allowed, except as expressly provided in these Official Rules or otherwise at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a Prize or Prize component with one of equal or greater value should the advertised Prize become unavailable for any reason. Federal, state, and local taxes and any expenses relating to the acceptance and use of the Prize not specified are the responsibility of the winner.

Odds of Winning: The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible Entries received.

Sweepstakes Drawings: Twelve (12) random sweepstakes drawings will be conducted by The Barrett Group, Inc. ("Administrator") as follows. Entries will be cumulative.

For Entries received: Drawing on or about:
1/1/14 - 1/31/14 2/4/14
1/1/14 - 2/29/14 3/5/14
1/1/14 - 3/31/14 4/9/14
1/1/14 - 4/30/14 5/7/14
1/1/14 - 5/31/14 6/4/14
1/1/14 - 6/30/14 7/9/14
1/1/14–7/31/14 8/6/14
1/1/14 - 8/31/14 9/10/14
1/1/14 - 9/30/14 10/8/14
1/1/14 - 10/31/14 11/5/14
1/1/14 - 11/30/14 12/10/14
1/1/14 - 12/31/14 1/7/14


Privacy: Your participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes your consent for Sponsor and Administrator to use your personal information only for the purpose of administering the Sweepstakes and awarding the Prizes, unless you have opted to receive e-mail communications from Sponsor. For information regarding the Waste Management Privacy Policy, please visit www.wm.com/wm/privacy.asp.

General: All Entries are subject to verification prior to awarding the Prize. By entering, participants (both the Customer and authorized representatives for the Customer) release and hold harmless Sponsor and Administrator and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from all and any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes and the Prize won in this Sweepstakes, even if caused by the negligence of Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any Sweepstakes-related materials; for lost, stolen, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due mail, or for transactions that are lost or fail to enter the processing system, are processed, reported, or transmitted late, or are lost for any reason including computer, telephone, paper, or any other malfunction including human error. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt of Entry. The date and time of Entry receipt shall be determined by the official clock on the website for online entries.

If for any reason the Internet portion of the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor or its affiliates that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. If the Sweepstakes is cancelled for any reason before completion of the Promotion Period, all Entries received up to the point of termination will be included in a random drawing to award the prizes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications-line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of Entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, or for failure of any automatic entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof - including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.

By entering, you accept and agree to these rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Administrator which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes.

ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

Force Majeure: The failure of Sponsor and Administrator to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of either of them (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations) or other similar force majeure event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.

Governing Law: The contest and the official rules shall be governed according to the laws of Texas, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.  All claims, actions or suits must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Houston, Texas.

Winners' Names: For a list of each winning business' name (or first initial, last name for individual business owner), city and state, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 1/31/15 to Waste Management Community Sweeps Winners, 2554 Lincoln Blvd., PMB 566, Venice, CA 90291-5082.

Sponsor: Waste Management, Inc., 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 4000, Houston, TX 77002

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