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ECDC's parent company merges with Republic Services

A Union Pacific freight train pulls a cargo of shipping containers holding nonhazardous refuse toward ECDC. Officials of the company say that the merger between the parent company of ECDC and Republic Service will give the site extended access to other markets. ECDC has been operating for 15 years.

By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

Allied Waste and Republic Services, the second and third largest waste management facilities in the nation, have merged to bolster the companies' market base and increase renewable energy capabilities.

During the regularly scheduled East Carbon City Council meeting on Dec. 9, ECDC landfill site manager Jeff Green approached the municipal body to discuss particulars outlined in the merger.

The newly merged company will move forward as Republic Services after a thorough integration process between the firms, according to a press released issued by Green.

"The merger combines two companies involved in the same business with similar cultures, coming together to form an industry leading enterprise that will provide long-term career opportunities for employees and unmatched customer service as well as the highest commitment to environmental excellence," said the site manager. "We are positioned for greater success together, including an even greater focus on renewable energy development."

By merging the industry's second and third largest companies, the new operation will be considered a leader in the industry.

Despite the merger, Waste Management is still the largest disposal company in the nation.

However, Republic Services will now employ more than 35,000 workers and serve more than 13 million customers in 42 states and Puerto Rico, according to the recently merged company's officials.

"Changes at our facility will be event driven," explained Green. "However, we are definitely a bigger company now, which means access to new markets and a renewed hope for pulling from a larger selling base."

According to the reently merged waste management operation's media release, the company expects continued changes over the next two years as the combined company takes shape.

The release additionally stresses a commitment to environmental compliance and to delivering more advanced customer and community based benefits throughout this period.

ECDC, a non-hazardous landfill, opened in late 1993 and offered immediate support to Carbon County and the city of East Carbon via tax base, tippage fees and projects such as the rails to trails program.

The company, as part of an original agreement with the city, offered two-year scholarships at College of Eastern Utah for students who graduated from East Carbon High and were accepted at CEU.

"Many don't know that the project has continued despite the closing of East Carbon High," said Green. "We still offer a scholarship program to residents of East Carbon who graduate from Carbon High and are accepted to CEU. Regardless of the situation we will continue to support the youth of our host city."

Due to several logistical changes, the landfill has downsized and currently employs 18 individuals.

But with the recent merger, hope for growth and improvement is apparent in the city as well as the companys statement.

"We have a sound strategy, thorough plans and ample resources are available to continue the highest level of environmental protection," concluded the release. "We have been working hard to plan a seamless integration for our employees, customers and the communities we serve. We pledge to keep you informed of developments throughout the process."

Concerned citizens are urged to contact the newly merged company at www.RepublicAllied.com for more information.




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