Progressive Waste Solutions

Progressive Waste Solutions

We are the third largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in North America. We serve the needs of commercial, industrial and residential customers.In Canada, we acquired our original assets in 2000 and today, BFI Canada serves the needs of the country’s most populous regions across six provinces.In the US, we acquired IESI Corp. in 2005, adding operations in the US south and the US northeast comprising 10 states. In 2010, we acquired Waste Services, Inc. (WSI) and added operations throughout Canada as well as in the state of Florida.BFI Canada, IESI and WSI exist under the corporate name Progressive Waste Solutions, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BIN.

Company details

400 Applewood Crescent, 2nd Floor , Vaughan , Ontario M9W 6V1 Canada

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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Waste Management
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

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We are the third largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in North America. We serve the needs of commercial, industrial and residential customers.

In Canada, we acquired our original assets in 2000 and today, BFI Canada serves the needs of the country’s most populous regions across six provinces.

In the US, we acquired IESI Corp. in 2005, adding operations in the US south and the US northeast comprising 10 states.

In 2010, we acquired Waste Services, Inc. (WSI) and added operations throughout Canada as well as in the state of Florida.

BFI Canada, IESI and WSI exist under the corporate name Progressive Waste Solutions, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BIN.

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We manage our business from the bottom up, putting decision-making in the hands of our seasoned local management teams who are in the best position to understand and meet the needs of our customers and communities. Our local managers are well versed in our business processes and market-focused strategies and understand that our foremost objective is continuous improvement.

We believe our bottom up approach to business and our guiding principles of continuous improvement, environmental stewardship, active community involvement, ongoing reinvestment and employee skills development are the keys to our success.

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In 2007, we diverted the equivalent recyclables of more than five million trees from landfills, beneficially reused more than two million tires, generated enough equivalent energy to power approximately 17,500 homes annually, and invested millions of dollars to upgrade our fleet and make our trucks as environmentally responsible as possible. We did all of this because it was the right thing to do. Our corporate challenge is the same challenge that we all face as citizens – trying our best to harmonize with nature and preserve the world for our children. We are addressing the future by adopting sustainable practices throughout our operations.  As the operator of 22 landfill sites in Canada and the U.S., we are in a position to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are putting in place the technology to do just that.

We operate landfill gas recovery systems at six landfill sites and will implement similar systems at several of our other sites in 2008. On our two largest landfill sites – Seneca Meadows in central New York and Lachenaie outside Montreal – we operate landfill gas-to-energy plants. Seneca Meadows and Lachenaie are at the forefront of landfill innovation.

At Seneca Meadows, 18 generators produce 17 megawatts of electricity per hour. We have also dedicated 200 acres to a “Renewable Resource Park” which will be home to businesses such as H2Gro, a hydroponic greenhouse company that will use the heat from the engines in our waste-to-energy plant to produce vegetables. In 2007 we received a permit that extends the life of Seneca Meadows into 2023, allowing us to continue serving the needs of the New York population and contributing to the Seneca Falls community.

At Lachenaie, our gas recovery systems provide a capture rate of emissions in excess of 90%. From our engine building onsite, we generate four megawatts of electricity per hour, enough to power 2,500 homes annually, and deliver much of this energy straight into the Quebec electrical grid.

Seneca Meadows and Lachenaie are just two examples of how landfills can make a difference for the environment.

Going forward, we plan to build gas-to-energy plants at our other sites as our landfills develop, and we will continue seeking out and developing new technologies to improve the environmental performance of all of our landfills. For example, at our Calgary, Alberta landfill, we are introducing a methane oxidation process to reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions.

For BFI Canada and IESI, the environment and the community are synonymous: care for the environment, and the communities we serve benefit and prosper; treat our communities with respect, and the environment will be safeguarded. This doesn’t just mean being first-rate environmental stewards; it means raising the profile of the environment in our communities and raising awareness among our employees and our neighbours. Helping to make our communities a better place to live benefits us all.

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Giving back in more ways than one is our way of being a good neighbour. We are proud of the resources we bring to our communities.

In all of our communities, we work with local suppliers and contractors to create and sustain local jobs. We make donations, both at the corporate and local level, to many charitable organizations. We typically provide hosting fees to the local communities in which we operate landfills, which has helped build community centres, skating rinks and libraries. And every year, we offer scholarships to students of environmental technology and environmental science.

Aside from financial contributions, we also donate our resources. Our people volunteer their time to clean-up projects in their cities and to local clubs and boards. We also give of our time to teach. We have worked in partnership with school boards and schools in both Canada and the U.S. to enhance their environmental curriculum.

At our Lachenaie landfill site, we have reached thousands of students through our Mobius program and taught them about the benefits of recycling. At Seneca Meadows, we are constructing a community education center that is scheduled to open in 2008. It will include a fully equipped science laboratory and an educational exhibit room that will educate students and other members of the community about wetlands, recycling, waste management, alternative energy, environmental protection and environmental monitoring.

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Addressing the waste management needs of New York City is a full-time job. Not only is it the epicenter of world commerce, it’s home to millions of residents who need and deserve responsive and responsible service.

We have proudly served these needs for many years, providing collection and disposal services to hundreds of storefronts and commercial office buildings, including the famed Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.

In 2008, we will also mark our 10th anniversary of service to the New York City Department of Sanitation, the largest organization of its kind in the world.

In Brooklyn, New York’s most populous borough with nearly 2.5 million residents, we help the Department manage its growing residential waste needs with our transfer stations and disposal facilities. Through our assets, we manage about 1,200 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables for the Department.
 
“Our city moves quickly and with two transfer stations within the borough of Brooklyn and a landfill in upper New York State, IESI is positioned to keep pace,” says Mike Mucci, Director, Bureau of Waste Disposal, Department of Sanitation. “We have had a good working relationship with IESI because they are forward thinking, helpful, cooperative and very concerned about our city’s needs.”

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Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America with 425,000 members, 4,000 employees and annual sales of nearly $1 billion. It operates 22 retail shopping centres, 26 gas bars, 15 liquor stores and nine travel offices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Calgary Co-op sign is as familiar to the people of Alberta as the Rocky Mountains that border the province. To become the shopping destination of choice, Calgary Co-op has always thought ahead about how it can best serve the future needs of its communities and to this end, has made a long-term commitment to environmental best practices.

As part of this commitment, Calgary Co-op first engaged BFI Canada for its waste collection needs more than 15 years ago. Today, we not only collect their solid waste, but thanks to the responsible, forward-thinking actions of Calgary Co-op, recover 300 tonnes of cardboard for recycling every month.

Calgary Co-op plans to continue increasing the percentage of waste it recycles and we are focused on helping the company meet this future challenge while managing collection expenses.

“Through BFI Canada’s recycling services, we are on our way to meeting our waste diversion goals,” says Wilf Harms, Vice President, Facilities Development and Real Estate, Calgary Co-op. “For our business and for the environment, we see this as a very positive partnership for the future.”

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Today and increasingly for tomorrow, we see recycling as an important and growing service and revenue opportunity within our markets. Driven by increasing public awareness of the environmental and energy savings benefits, recycling rates have increased sharply.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling in the United States diverted 82 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2006, representing a recycle rate of 32.5%, up from 15 million tons and a recycle rate of 10.0% in 1980. Recycling also prevented the release of some 49.7 million metric tons of carbon in 2006 – equal to the amount emitted annually by 39 million cars.

In Canada, 93% of households had access to at least one form of recycling program in 2006. Of these households, 97% made use of at least one recycling program, according to Statistics Canada.

To address this opportunity and fundamental environmental need, we provide one of the leading recycling and recovery service offerings as part of our integrated waste collection business model. We work closely with our commercial, industrial and municipal customers to ensure they can advance their waste diversion strategies for the future.

Today, through eight material recovery facilities in Canada and 10 in the U.S., we receive and process newspaper, cardboard, office paper, plastic containers, glass bottles, fibreboard, wood and ferrous and aluminum metals. Quality recoverable material is harvested and then marketed to post-consumer mills for the best attainable product value.

As demand grows, our challenge is to perform this service as effectively as possible. To this end, we approach recycling as we do all other forms of collection – with a focus on maximizing efficiency and productivity on a route-by-route, market-by-market basis.

Along with our customers, we are proud to be a part of a vital environmental solution. Together, we recycled the equivalent of nearly five million trees and reused more than two million tires in 2007.

IESI started serving the communities of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana when we were awarded an exclusive five-year contract for all residential, roll-off and front-load collection.

Finding and switching to a new waste services provider for more than 33,000 homes and thousands of businesses was a challenge that kept Katry Martin, Executive Director of the Solid Waste Board in St. Landry Parish, awake at night. The growing parish needed to partner with a company that had the right experience to serve its citizens, not just today but for years to come.

“We heard that IESI had done a good job in neighboring communities and it was apparent that it was a responsible and responsive bidder,” says Mr. Martin. “IESI became a partner at the right moment in time when it became obvious that waste collection was beginning to deteriorate in the parish.”

Even before introducing service, IESI started preparing itself in order to ensure a seamless transition. The community appreciated this extra effort.

“Everything IESI promised has come to pass,” says Mr. Martin. “We have been overwhelmed with positive comments from our citizens and IESI has done a very good job for our business community too.”

The parish feels comfortable that IESI will meet its waste services needs regardless of how quickly its population grows.

“We don’t have a fear of the future with IESI,” says Mr. Martin. “We feel they will be here for the long haul and we expect to enjoy a long-term relationship.”

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Since opening its first store on June 29, 1969, 7-Eleven Canada, Inc. has had a single focus: to provide its customers with the products and services that they want, when they want them, and in a clean, safe and friendly environment. This is not a simple task for a company that operates close to 500 stores from British Columbia to Ontario that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What makes it even tougher is that 7-Eleven Canada is growing, as convenience and quality become increasingly important in today’s time-constrained society.

BFI Canada works behind-the-scenes to help this leading retailer maintain its high standard for super-clean stores while it grows by providing non-hazardous solid waste collection and recycling services to all 7-Eleven Canada stores across the country.

7-Eleven Canada believes that the most important trait for a waste services provider to possess is integrity. It wants to work with a partner that can be trusted to deliver timely, responsive and cost-effective services – now and in the future.

“BFI Canada treats us fairly, responds to us quickly, and does what it says it will do,” says Mike Sugden, Division Facilities Manager, Canada Division. “As a consequence, our relationship runs smoothly and they have earned the opportunity to serve us as we grow. In my view, it is BFI Canada’s people that make it work so well.”

We know that every customer has a unique set of waste management challenges. When a company grows, those challenges become greater and when that company becomes national, it needs an integrated solution that will comply with local environmental regulations – and the high standards of performance expected by the corporate head office.

Based on this knowledge, we recognize that one of our challenges for the future is to manage our business so it can address the ever-changing local and national needs of our customers.

To meet this challenge, we’ve insisted on keeping decision-making authority in the hands of our local teams who have direct knowledge of, and can respond quickly to, the local service needs of their customers. We’ve also entered new North American markets and increased our presence within those markets so we can be of greater service to national customers. And we constantly review acquisition opportunities that would further expand our footprint within existing territories and in new markets.

To make our service offering match the needs of our customers’ corporate head offices, we provide consolidated billing, electronic invoicing, customized monthly reporting and a single point of contact through our National Accounts program. We’ve also equipped our teams with tools that allow us to perform waste audits, formulate waste reduction work plans and develop recycling and organics solutions on a local and national basis.

As we grow, we will continue to challenge ourselves to offer the best, most efficient and environmentally responsible solid waste solution for multi-location customers – one location at a time.