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Waste Age 100 of 2010

In light of the nation's economy over the past two years, it should come as no surprise that many of the firms in this year's Waste Age 100 — which ranks firms based on annual revenue — experienced revenue decreases in 2009.

Houston-based Waste Management — the firm that has long topped the list — brought in $11.79 billion in revenue in 2009, down from $13.39 billion in 2008. Cincinnati-based Rumpke, which comes in at No. 15, saw its revenue drop from $407 billion in 2008 to $396 million last year, and San Francisco-based Recology — No. 12 on this year's list — experienced a $20 million decline in revenue.

Moving down the list, Houston-based WCA Waste Corp., which sits in the No. 22 spot, took in $194 million in 2009 — down from $208 million in 2008.

Will the revenue decreases continue in 2010? Some early returns give hope they may not.

For example, Waste Management brought in 4.4 percent more revenue in the first quarter of this year than it did during the same period in 2009. Folsom, Calif.-based Waste Connections, Toronto-based IESI-BFC and WCA Waste also were among the publicly traded companies that announced first-quarter revenue increases.

In a statement accompanying his company's first-quarter earnings report, Waste Management CEO David Steiner noted that the decline in waste volumes had slowed, and he predicted that volumes would show growth during the second half of this year.

Such a development would be welcome news indeed.

The 100 Largest Solid Waste Firms

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1Waste Management
2Republic Services Inc.
3Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
4*Covanta Holding Corp.
5Waste Connections Inc.
6Stericycle Inc.
7*Clean Harbors Inc.
9Safety-Kleen Systems Inc.
10Casella Waste Systems Inc.
11PSC Environmental Services
12Recology Inc. (formerly Norcal Waste Systems Inc.)
13*Newpark Resources Inc.
14Waste Services Inc.
15Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.
16Waste Industries USA Inc.
17Advanced Disposal Services Inc.
18EQ - The Environmental Quality Company
19Strategic Materials Inc.
20Schupan & Sons Inc.
21WCA Waste Corporation
22*Industrial Services of America
23EnviroSolutions Inc.
24Interstate Waste Services
25Solid Waste Services Inc. (dba J. P. Mascaro & Sons)
26CSX Transportation
27*US Ecology Inc. (formerly American Ecology)
28Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc.
29Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc.
30Heritage - Crystal Clean
31Consolidated Waste Service Corp.
32Galaxy Recycling Inc.
33Ming's Recycling
34Environmental Logistics Services LLC
35Action Environmental Group Inc.
36 (tie)Coulter Companies Inc.
36 (tie)Emerald Waste Services LLC
38Heritage - WTI Inc.
39Santek Environmental Inc.
40Hudson Baylor Corporation
41Soil Safe Inc.
42E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc.
44American Waste Control Inc.
45Custom Polymers Inc.
46California Waste Solutions Inc.
47Omni Resource Recovery Inc.
48 (tie)J & J Refuse Inc.
48 (tie)Triad Transport Inc.
50Aspen Waste Systems Inc.
51RR Waste Solutions
52Bertolotti Disposal Inc.
53Inland Service Corporation
54 (tie)American Waste Management Services Inc.
54 (tie)Ches-Mont Disposal LLC
56Sanitary Service Co.
57Blue Diamond Disposal Inc.
58Disposal Management
59BBI Waste Industries
60WARE Disposal Inc.
61Nicos Polymers Group
62Independent Disposal Services
63AERC Recycling Solutions
64Nortech Waste LLC
65Waste Haulers LLC
66Mass Hauling & Disposal / Capital Paper Recycling
67Artistic Solid Waste Services
68 (tie)Gallegos Sanitation Inc.
68 (tie)Alpine Waste & Recycling
70Environmental Enterprises Inc.
71Pacific Rim Recycling
72Smith Systems Transportation Inc.
73Bavarian Waste Services
74Apple Valley Waste Service Inc.
75Cali Carting Inc.
76 (tie)Industrial Disposal Services / Broad Run Recycling
76 (tie)T. Farese & Son's Inc. / Direct Waste & Recycling Services LLC
78AAA Carting & Rubbish Removal Inc.
79kmG Hauling Inc.
80Pellitteri Waste Systems Inc.
81Lemcor Inc.
82Al Clawson Disposal Inc.
83TIER Holdings LLC
84Grand Sanitation Service Inc.
85ICE Service Group Inc.
86Solid Wastes of Willits Inc.
87DNT Environmental Services Inc.
88KLT Industries Inc.
89C&C Disposal Service Inc.
90Container First Services / Tri City Regional Landfill
91 (tie)Empire Waste Ltd.
91 (tie)Eco-Feed Inc.
91 (tie)National Recycling Network
94 (tie)MS Industrial Waste Disposal Inc.
94 (tie)Allwaste Services Inc.
96Pratt Trucking Company
98Disposal Consultant Services
99FER Inc.
100Taylorsville Road Hardfill

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