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Casella Waste Systems Acquires Assets from Republic Services

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Waste hauler Republic Services changes its name Tuesday as it becomes part of Casella Waste Systems Inc.
 
The subsidiary of Republic Services Inc., which is headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is one of two assets sold to Casella in an agreement reached this past June. The other is located in Albany, N.Y., and both generate approximately $30 million in revenue.
 
The acquisition of the Cheshire subsidiary includes the service contract for trash and recycling pickup in the city of Pittsfield. Casella's purchase of the contract maintains existing collection services for residents in Pittsfield and will not incur any changes.
 
"The city of Pittsfield's solid waste contract remains in place and there will be no interruption of service. Residents with customer service inquiries can still call the same customer service line, 413-442-8390, which has been ported to our Customer Care Center in the Northeast," said John W. Casella, chairman and chief executive officer of Casella Waste Systems, in a statement.
 
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer stressed that collection services will be continuous.
 
"We deeply appreciate the robust service that Republic Services has provided to the city of Pittsfield. Our team has met with Casella personnel, many of whom within their operations team are familiar with our service requirements," Tyer said. "We expect a very smooth transition and we want to reassure residents that service will continue without interruption."
 
Casella is based in Rutland, Vt., and is a large regional waste collection and recycling provider. The company was started in the mid-1970s by brothers Douglas and John Casella and built the state's first recycling facility. Casella also acquired the stock of TAM Inc. of Shaftsbury, Vt. and the assets of D&E Rubbish Removal Inc. of Maine and Wilbraham's Bin Dump'n Trash in May.
 
The company services 170,000 customers with core services in six states. It employs more than 2,000 and operates waste collections, recycling facilities, landfills, transfer stations and landfill gas-to-energy facilities. 
 
Pittsfield residents can make service-related inquiries to 413-442-8390 and for all other questions, to the city's Department of Public Services at 413-499-9330.

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Cheshire Highway Foreman Advocates for New Grader

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — New Highway Superintendent Bob Navin wants the town to take better care of its dirt roads. 
 
He has asked the board to propose at town meeting buying a grader as opposed to continuing to rent one as they currently do. He has other ideas as well.
 
"The procedures here weren't to do them how I would do a dirt road," Navin said. "They don't rake them all the time because they didn't have a rake that worked all that great. After grading it needs to be raked out well ... compacted by a roller ... putting a dust control agent on it. That's the direction I want to head in with our gravel roads. A road done right will last a lot longer."
 
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