Waste Management has signed an agreement with environmental technologies firm AbTech Industries to provide SmartSponge to its customers including municipalities.

Under the agreement, Waste Management has become the waste and environmental services company distributor of SmartSponge in North America.

The new product uses sponge-like material with polymers to filter, absorb and solidify petroleum hydrocarbons, and it also removes other pollutants found in runoff from roads and other paved surfaces during wet weather, cleaning or through direct spills.

Once used, the product can be safely and responsibly disposed of in a waste-to-energy facility as an alternative fuel in the production of electricity or in a landfill as municipal solid waste, Waste Management said.

US-based Waste Management is a provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America.