A Kentucky Hauler Buys a Rival, Adds a Transfer Station

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

July 29, 2015

2 Min Read
A Kentucky Hauler Buys a Rival, Adds a Transfer Station

Waste Services of the Bluegrass LLC (WSB) has purchased a Kentucky waste hauler and opened a transfer station in the state.

Lexington, Ky.-based WSB acquired residential waste hauler Legacy Carting LLC, headquartered in London, Ky., according to a news release.

Also, WSB began operations of the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station (BGRTS) in Lexington. The facility is a public-private partnership with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) under a long-term exclusive contract to manage waste from LFUCG and third parties. The transfer station now will handle about 80 percent of Lexington’s residents’ waste.

The acquisition of Legacy substantially broadens WSB’s footprint in the central Kentucky region, while creating economies of scale and job growth for WSB. Legacy adds 27,000 residential customers connected to several long-term municipal contracts. It provides collection, transfer, disposal and recycling to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers throughout the Bluegrass region.

“With the acquisition of Legacy and incorporation of their great business and reputation into the WSB family, we can better serve our growing market in the Bluegrass region, as well as build the foundation for our continued expansion,” said W. Todd Skaggs, WSB president and CEO.

The transfer station allows the tonnage involved to be fully internalized at WSB’s landfills, capitalizing again on economies of scale.

“We are excited to be partnering with LFUCG, and the seamless transition of BGRTS into our operations gives us a key platform allowing us to service our customers more efficiently,” Skaggs said.

In 2014 Waste Services of the Bluegrass partnered with Toyota on a landfill gas-to-energy operation to supply the auto maker’s manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky.

The purchase continues a busy month of acquisitions by smaller haulers. Other deals this month include PDC Services Inc. purchasing Melton Trucking Service, based in Groveland, Ill.; Red River Waste Solutions LP buying Marvin Konfrst Trash Service (MKTS), Glenwood, Iowa; and Corpus Christi, Texas-based K2 Waste Solutions acquiring waste and recycling hauler LT’s Garbage Service, based in Dayton, Texas.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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