The balance of power in the North American waste market is always shifting thanks to fervent merger and acquisition activity. As such, being able to get a snapshot of the industry’s largest haulers helps offer perspective on the market for a given point in time.
The editors of Waste Today compiled the Top 50 Haulers List by combing through public records, sending a survey to companies in the publication’s database, soliciting feedback via the publication’s website and e-newsletter, and speaking with industry analysts. Rankings are based on the largest revenues of 2019.
Budget Dumpster named to 2020 Inc. 5000 list
The company ranked No. 2,728 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Budget Dumpster, a Cleveland-based waste removal service, has announced it ranked No. 2,728 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Budget Dumpster has been named to the annual Inc. 5000 list consistently since 2015, the company says.
“Making this list for six straight years is truly an honor,” says John Fenn, CEO and co-founder of Budget Dumpster. “Our sustained growth has allowed us to continue to invest in our company, which in return, has helped us better serve our customers and recruit talented employees. We believe it will help propel us forward during these unprecedented times.”
The companies included on the 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an impressive three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for more than 1 million jobs over the past three years.
“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. Editor-in-Chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”
Budget Dumpster’s growth has also been recognized on the Weatherhead 100, an annual list of the 100 fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.
BACE announces new hire, promotion
Baler and compactor manufacturer adds Jeff Barry as director of service and promotes Rimal Ternanni to service manager.
BACE LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina, has hired Jeff Barry as director of service and promoted Rimal Ternanni to service manager.
Barry started his career as an aircraft mechanic. He spent seven years with AirBorn Industries, a baler and compactor manufacturer located in North Carolina, as the vice president of operations.
“Jeff has a unique background that covers technical service, manufacturing, equipment repairs, preventive maintenance programs and new product development,” says Gregory Leon, BACE senior vice president of sales and marketing.” He adds that Barry will be able to “accelerate our 2020-21 growth plans.”
Ternanni is a University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate and started with BACE directly out of college as a dispatcher supervisor.
“Rimal has taken our customer service and process to new heights,” Leon said. He credits her with “maintaining happy, satisfied clients through this very unusual time,” referring to the pandemic.
BACE manufactures balers and compactors and provides service to the recycling and waste management industry. The company also created the patent pending IntelliBACE, a business intelligence and analytics platform.
International Recycling Group to invest $100M in plastics recycling facility
The company plans to develop a plastics recovery facility to separate and sort residential, commercial and industrial plastics in Erie, Pennsylvania.
International Recycling Group (IRG), a privately held startup company based in Erie, Pennsylvania, plans to build a large plastics recycling plant in Erie. According to an announcement on International Recycling Group’s website, Erie Insurance and The Plastek Group, Erie, have invested $9 million in the facility.
Erie Insurance is investing in the new IRG plant through its Opportunity Zone Fund based on the company meeting predevelopment progress milestones, IRG reports. Separately, Plastek has purchased an equity stake in IRG’s parent company, GreenSteel LLC.
IRG says its facility in Erie will be a mega-sized, all-plastics “SuperPRF” (plastics recovery facility), and the Erie Insurance Opportunity Zone investment will support plant development, including engineering design, site selection and contract work. IRG has designed a concept for a mega-scale plant that uses smart machines to separate and sort residential, commercial and industrial plastics from homes and businesses; processing the entire universe of resin types and forms, and dramatically reducing the amount of material that enters landfill.
The company reports that because recycling currently relies mostly on hand sorting and delivering waste plastics to the bag or bin, the plastics are too often combined with other types of nonrecyclable material, which can cause problems for waste haulers and impede municipal efforts to recover more reusable plastics.
IRG says it believes the future of postuse plastics collection and sortation will involve large-scale facilities that have a sustainable nonlandfill solution for the nonmarketable material. Plastics processors will need to be able to handle all plastics, not just containers, so that more plastic is diverted from the trash and driven to recycling. IRG says its nonmarketable material will be repurposed into its proprietary iron-reducing agent for use in steel manufacturing.
Plans for its first sorting facility will involve an investment of about $100 million and is expected to start operations in 2022. The facility will provide about 50 manufacturing jobs with future expansion plans for the site.
When completed, IRG says it wants the plant to be the largest and “most technologically sophisticated” plastics recycling plant, automatically sorting more than 275,000 tons of mixed waste plastic material per year.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Erie Insurance and Plastek to realize our vision of super-large-scale plastics processing facilities. We could not have found a better place to build our business than Erie after considering all the city’s attributes,” says Mitch Hecht, founder and chairman of IRG. “Erie has such a rich history in manufacturing, and engineering education and research into polymers. And its location makes it a critical link between the Atlantic coast and Midwest markets. These investments allow us to tap into that potential and bring back manufacturing jobs within the new green-tech industrial economy.”
Erie Insurance President and CEO Tim NeCastro says, “Erie Insurance is excited about this investment in the future of our community, and in supporting the region’s environmental sustainability efforts. IRG was considering several locations for this project when they approached us. We engaged our Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and Mayor Joe Schember and his staff to point out the advantages of coming to Erie, including a ready and willing workforce, a strong plastics manufacturing customer base, the advantage of access to lake transportation and the potential for partnering with our institutions of higher-learning.”
Plastek Group CEO Dennis Prischak says, “As a large supplier of polypropylene packaging products to consumer products companies around the world, we’re keenly aware of the increasing demand from consumers for postuse content in new packaging. We anticipate that this partnership with IRG will allow us to dramatically increase the percentage of our products that contain recycled materials.”
Plastek Group has been in the plastics injection molding business in Erie since 1956 as a privately held, multigenerational family business.
Erie Mayor Joe Schember adds that he and his team are excited to see IRG create an all-plastics sorting facility in the city in order to provide family-sustaining jobs and eliminate waste.
Philadelphia residents sound off on substantial collection delays
Due to COVID-related staffing shortages, inclement weather and higher volumes, recycling has been left out in some areas for a month, with waste collection also lagging behind its normal pickup interval.
South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, residents are speaking out on extended waste and recycling collection delays that have trash piling up around the city, ABC6 reports.
Due to COVID-related staffing shortages, inclement weather and higher volumes, the Philadelphia Streets Department is lagging behind in picking up residents’ trash. According to the ABC6 report, recycling has been left out in some areas for a month, with waste collection also lagging behind its normal pickup interval.
The accumulated trash has resulted in pest problems and subsequent litter scattered throughout the city.
"They say they're going to come and then they don't come, and it sits out here," Laura Williams, a city resident, told ABC6. "We have raccoons that live around here as much as people."
The issue is so bad, some residents are taking waste collection into their own hands. According to ABC6, the West Passyunk Neighbor's Association recently rented trucks to collect waste from 24 homes rather than wait for the city to haul it away.
A city spokesperson told the news outlet that despite economic shortcomings from COVID, no city sanitation workers have been laid off, and the department is instead planning to hire up to 120 more workers to address the delayed collections. Additionally, the city has launched a “Curb Your Waste” initiative, which encourages residents to reduce their waste by taking measures such as using their garbage disposals more, composting food waste and freezing leftovers instead of discarding them. The city also is prompting citizens to utilize sanitation convenience drop-off centers located throughout the city.
NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST HAULERS
North America’s largest waste haulers stretch from coast to coast, generating tens of billions of dollars in revenue and employing hundreds of thousands of employees. View More