Waste Hauling Becomes More Competitive In Westchester

Attorney General Spitzer said today that a new competitor in the commercial waste hauling business has entered Westchester County. The new firm, All American Hauling and Recycling, Inc., has acquired carting routes and disposal capacity as a result of an antitrust action undertaken by Spitzer's office.

"This is an extremely positive development that will increase competition in Westchester's commercial waste industry," Spitzer said. "Expanded competition, combined with the significant reforms already initiated by county government, will help discourage cartel-like arrangements that have long plagued the community."

All American Hauling, based in Hackensack, N.J., has acquired routes previously handled by Valley Carting Corporation and Suburban Companies, two subsidiaries of Allied Waste Industries of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Under a consent decree filed in January 2000 in federal court in Manhattan, Allied agreed to roll back the size of its acquisitions of waste assets in Westchester County. The company agreed to sell all of Valley's five commercial hauling routes, with annual revenues of about $5 million, plus one of Suburban's routes, with about $1.3 million in revenues.

The Attorney General's complaint, which commenced the federal antritrust case, charged that Allied's acquisition of Suburban and other haulers, known as the "Galante companies," would, when combined with its existing Valley business, have given Allied over 50 percent of the county's commercial waste business, and would have reduced the number of major competitors from four to just two. As a result of the antitrust action and All American's entry into the Westchester market, three sizeable trash haulers will be operating in the county.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked Andrew J. Spano, Westchester County Executive and Walter S. Mack, Jr., court-appointed monitor of the Suburban assets, for their active cooperation.

Mr. Spano said: "This sale and the Attorney General's action contribute to a healthier Westchester solid waste and recyclables industry and will help keep prices down for customers. I am pleased that the Westchester Solid Waste Commission has taken an active role in this industry."

The case has been handled for Attorney General Spitzer by Jay Himes, Antitrust Bureau Chief, and Richard Grimm, Assistant Attorney General. For the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission, the case was handled by Executive Director Bruce B. Berger.