Waste connections: staying on the pulse of the waste industry

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Courtesy of Waste Advantage Magazine

Through training, research, surveys, community involvement and customer service, California-based Waste Connections stays ahead of standards and regulations and remains linked to their customers coast to coast.

Founded in 1997 by a group of industry professionals with more than 50 years of industry experience, Waste Connections (Folsom, CA) is an integrated solid waste services company that collects, processes, recycles and disposes all types of solid waste. After rapidly expanding into the California market in early 1998, Waste Connections went public the same year and is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WCN. “Taking the company public at an early age and smaller size—about 40 to 50 million dollars of revenue—really allowed us to create a public stock to use a capital structure in order to grow the company,” explains co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Ron Mittelstaedt.

As a result, the company is coast to coast, focusing primarily on the western U.S., the upper midwest and the southeast. In a little over 10 years, Waste Connections has grown to 6,000 employees serving specific markets within 26 States, 1,500 cities and counties and 2,000,000 customers, ranging from individual residential subscribers to county contracts, including industrial and commercial accounts, contracts with homeowners associations, apartment owners and mobile home operators. Waste Connections also provides intermodal services for the movement of containers in the Pacific Northwest.

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