Waste Industries USA Names New CEO

Date: December 31, 1009

Source: Waste Industries USA, Inc.

Waste Industries Implements Succession Plan

Waste Industries USA, Inc., a regional, non-hazardous solid waste services company, announced today effective January 1, 2009, Ven Poole will become the Chief Executive Officer of Waste Industries, succeeding Jim W. Perry who has held the role of President and CEO since July 2002. Mr. Poole has served in various senior management capacities since 1990 and most recently as Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Poole is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.

Mr. Perry will succeed Lonnie C. Poole, Jr. as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Poole will continue to serve as a Director on the Waste Industries Board.

In addition to these changes, Harry Habets will assume the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Habets joined the Company in 2002 and has served as the Company's Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer since that time.

Mr. Perry stated, "The changes outlined above are part of an orderly succession plan that was contemplated as part of the Company's recent decision to once again become a private company. I am very confident that under the leadership of Ven and Harry, Waste Industries will continue its tradition of growth and service, not only to our customers, but to our industry."

Waste Industries USA, Inc. is a vertically integrated solid waste services company that provides collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to commercial, industrial and residential customer locations in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi.

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