1991 Report by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department documenting alleged
and adjudicated antitrust and environmental charges against Waste Management,
includes entire 1980's.
2. Cumberland Farms et.
al. vs. Browning Ferris Industries Inc.
and Subsidiaries Plantiff's Memorandum In Opposition to Defendant's Motion
For Summary Judgement, 87-3717.
A exhaustively documented summary of the legal position of the plaintiffs in one
of the leading class action civil lawsuits of the 1980's challenging alleged
collusive conduct by Browning Ferris Industries and Waste Management
3. US Department of
Justice announcement of 1996 consent agreement with Browning Ferris and
Waste Management in which long term contracts with commercial customers used to
fence out small competitors were barred in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and
4. Final 1992 Report by
the San Diego District Attorney on Waste Management.
5. Excerpts from
Giants of Garbage by Harold Crooks
An historical expose of the early days of the national consolidators
Profile: Laidlaw Environmental Services by Christopher M. Sevanick and Brian
7. 1997 Article in Los
Angeles Times describing spying allegations against Waste Management raised
in contested proceeding over permitting a landfill
8. Dirty Work
A lengthy expose by Stephen Filmanowicz and Steven Korris published in the
October 1997 issue of Milwaukee Magazine detailing alleged abuses by Waste
Management of political connections to get contracts in the Milwaukee area,
followed by price increases. Copyright 1997 Milwaukee Magazine. Reprinted with
9. Waste Management
v. Louis Paolino
The Amended Complaint in Case No. 99--CV-930 (US District Court for Deleware) in
an extremely strange lawsuit filed after a new management team took over
Waste Management following the company's 1999 accounting scandal followed by a
stock meltdown and the sidelining and ouster of Mr. John Drury. Only a year
before Mr. Drury's USA Waste had taken over Waste Management and deposed the
protégé of Waste Management's founder, Mr. Dean Buntrock. The new managers sued
several of Mr. Drury's associates focused on Mr. Louis Paolino for allegedly
inflating the value of Eastern Environmental of which Paolino had been CEO
before it was acquired by Waste Management, and other accounting deceptions and
self-dealing for personal gain. Most interesting is the fact that, in the course
of the Complaint, Waste Management acknowledges the truth of the allegation of
the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry that, while he was CEO of USA Waste,
Mr. Drury conspired with Mr. Paolino, USA Waste's Vice President, and Sanders
Morris Mundy, a private equity pool, to take over Eastern Environmental in 1995.
Also, as the Center had alleged, Sanders Morris underwrote Mr. Paolino's
acquisition binge of local northeast haulers as a stalking horse for USA Waste
and Waste Management which later purchased Eastern.
Mainstream, Out of the Limelight: How, Despite Overwhelming Public Support, the
Waste Industry has Undermined Recycling
Article by Mike Garfield from the
June/July 2000 issue of From the Ground Up, the Publication of the Ann Arbor
Ecology Center discussing their views on how waste industry consolidation has
Environmental Landfill Issues
1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fourth Assessment Report, Chapter 10 Waste-Landfill Gas Collection Efficiency
Final IPCC chapter on waste issues by the IPCC, discussing landfills' responsibility for greenhouse gases, including acknowledgment on page 600 of the pagenated report, and page numbered 16 on the PDF file, that estimates of "lifetime recovery efficiencies may be as low as 20%."
2. California Waste Industry Report on Landfill Gas
Report submitted by the Solid Waste Industry for Climate Solutions in California in 2007 to the California Air Resources Board that concedes on page 10:
"Furthermore, a site with a collection system that is used solely for energy recovery is usually not capable of achieving as high a collection efficiency as compared to one that is compliant with NSPS regulations."
3. Competitive Waste's Critique of California Waste Industry Report on Landfill Gas
Response by the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry to the prior Solid Waste Industry report to the California Air Resources Board.