Some businesses deal in products or services that are not very appealing — end of story. They’re the companies that do all the smelly, trashy, dirt-under-your-fingernails kind of work … or at least help consumers do that kind of work themselves.
But a company doesn’t need to spit out sleek, flashy gadgets or make its money in the glass buildings of Wall Street to be a good investment. In fact, if you’re looking for a stock that’ll offer you some long-term security via dividend payments, you just might find some gems by looking under the dirt.
Big names in waste, gardening and other not-so-spic-and-span industries reward investors for their loyalty with respectable chunks of change each quarter. And if that means getting down and dirty, so be it.
Here are five filthy companies to dirty your hands with for sturdy and often sizable dividends: