123 Varick Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237

Bushwick

"waste transfer station" truck-to-rail

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Houston, Texas based Waste Management, Inc. is the largest solid waste management company in the United States serving nearly 20 million municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential customers through a network of 379 collection operations, 342 transfer stations, 283 active landfills, 17 waste-to-energy plants, and 116 recycling plants.[1]  With approximately 48,000 employees and 24,000 collection and transfer vehicles Waste Management collects 83 million tons of solid waste annually and landfills an additional 45 million tons of third party waste.  In 2006 they earned revenues of $13.4 billion. 

In 1998 Waste Management was acquired by USA Waste Services Inc. which took over its name.  At the time of the merger, USA Waste was the third largest waste corporation in the US and Waste Management the largest.  Consolidation of the companies was challenged on anti-trust grounds by the Department of Justice and several State Attorney Generals, including the New York AG.[2]  After agreeing to sell off waste collection and disposal operations in 13 states the merger was approved.

In 2001 Waste Management settled a class action lawsuit accusing it of violations of federal securities laws in connection with its 1998 merger with USA Waste Services and its statements about financial performance in the first three quarters of 1999.[3]  The suit was settled for $457 million adding to the $229 million that Waste Management and its auditing firm, Arthur Andersen, agreed to pay to settle another class-action suit earlier that same year for inflating the company's earnings by more than $1 billion between 1993 and 1996.

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Contaminated Landfills
The EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous properties identifies Waste Management as a potential responsible party in connection with 75 contaminated landfill locations (16 of which Waste Management currently owns).  Waste Management estimates their liability in connection with these sites at anywhere from $268 to $458 million.[4] 

Contact Info
Facility Contact: Jay Kaplan
Phone: 718-533-5310
Email: jkaplan2@wm.com
Website: www.wm.com
NYSDEC Registration #: 24W89 
Waste Management NY 123 Varick handles putrescible solid waste, the bulk of which is exported to landfills via the LIRR Bushwick Branch railroad tracks which run along the southern perimeter of the property.  These tracks are owned and operated by the New York & Atlantic Railway Company.

Transfer or Disposal Destination, 2006[5]

In 2006 Waste Management NY 123 Varick handled 289,223 tons of material; this sum represents 2.3% of all waste exported through transfer stations in New York City.

Material

Amount (tons)

Facility Name

Location

putrescible solid waste

197,700

Sunny Farms Landfill

Fostoria, OH

tires

90

S&M Rubbish

Oceanside, NY

concrete

2,552

Evergreen Recycling

Queens, NY

concrete

8,212

WMX Grows Landfill

Morrisville, PA

metal

1,559

Boulder Resources

Manhattan, NY

landfill cover

106,519

WMX Grows Landfill

Morrisville, PA

  1. Waste Management 2006 Annual Report.
  2. Dept. of Justice.  "Justice Department and Thirteen States Clear USA Waste Services Inc.'s Acquisition of Waste Management Inc."  Press Release.  7/16/1998.
  3. CNN Money.  "Waste Management Settles".  11/7/2001.
  4. Waste Management 2006 Annual Report.
  5. Waste Management NY 123 Varick "Facility Annual Report, 2006". Filed with NYSDEC.  Numbers may not add up because of differences in the way tonnages are accounted for, e.g. scale weight vs. truck count, or because the records are incomplete.

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