WM Opens New Organics Recycling Facility in Arizona

Date: February 23, 2012

Source: Waste Management of Arizona

Waste Management, Inc. (Houston, TX) has opened a new organic waste recycling facility in Maricopa, Arizona, at the site of its Sierra Estrella landfill there and in partnership with its subsidiary Garick LLC. Garick manufactures and markets biomass derived fuel, and a line of organic lawn and garden products. The new Maricopa Organics Recycling Facility will produce fuel from organic wastes that will be sold primarily to Frito-Lay to run its Casa Grande, Arizona facility. In addition, the facility will also produce compost and mulch for local use. Waste Management purchased a majority stake in Garick in September 2010 to expand its organic recycling business and compliment its other similar investments in Terrebon LLC and Harvest Power Inc. as it seeks to derive more value from the wastes it collects while serving of clients and their sustainability goals. Overseeing the Arizona operation is Arizona-New Mexico area vice president Pat De Rueda, who until last January, had been head of WM Recycle America but left the post to live closer to his family.

See also: "Waste Management to Develop New Organics Facility in Florida," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20110512F.htm).

See also: "Waste Management Invests in Large Mid Atlantic Compost Operation," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20110503G.htm).

See also: "Waste Management Developing New Organics Facility in Florida," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20110118B.htm).

See also: "Harvest Power Raises $51.7 Million Series B Financing," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20110322D.htm).

See also: "Waste Management Expands Organic Recycling with Purchase of Garick LLC," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20100907E.htm).

See also: "Harvest Power Launches Food Waste Recycling in Vancouver," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20100427H.htm).

See also: "Waste Management Invests In Harvest Power to Expand Recycling and Energy from Waste," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20100126D.htm).

February 23, 2012

Waste Management of Arizona Announces New Organics Recycling Facility

  • Waste Management supplying green waste to Garick LLC for the processing and production of biomass and compost materials

Waste Management of Arizona today announced the opening of the Maricopa Organics Recycling Facility located at its Sierra Estrella facility, developed in collaboration with Garick LLC. Garick LLC is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of biomass fuel supply, organic lawn and garden products. Waste Management of Arizona will collect green waste such as yard and clean wood waste recovered from the company's transfer stations, which Garick will process into biomass wood fuel, which will be sold primarily to Frito-Lay to run its Casa Grande, Arizona facility. In addition to biomass wood fuel, Garick will produce compost and mulch for local use.

"We are pleased to work with Garick, a leader in generating natural resource products, by adding organics recycling to our portfolio of services," said Pat DeRueda, Waste Management of Arizona-New Mexico area vice president. "This illustrates one way we are diversifying our service offering and creating sustainable solutions for our customers, while area consumers, businesses and communities benefit from locally developed compost and mulch."

"Garick is excited to be collaborating with Waste Management of Arizona to help the local communities, including the City of Maricopa, recycle materials that would otherwise be disposed in a landfill," says John Gundlach, senior vice president of Garick's Environmental and Energy Group. "We look forward to building and growing our business in Maricopa." Diverting the materials away from landfills and giving them new life through organics recycling is one of the innovative ways Waste Management finds sustainable solutions to meet the needs of our diverse customer base.

About Waste Management

Waste Management of Arizona and its 1,000 statewide employees provide waste and recycling services to nearly 500,000 customers throughout the state. For more information, visit www.wmofarizona.com.

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is one of the largest residential recyclers and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

For more information, contact:
Waste Management
Janette Coates

Garick LLC
Tony Ferrante

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