SOURCE: Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

March 01, 2011 16:16 ET

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfill in McKean County, Pennsylvania

RUTLAND, VT--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced that it acquired a MSW landfill in McKean County, PA out of bankruptcy proceedings on February 24 for $0.5 million in cash and the assumption of certain contractual obligations.

The roughly 230 acre landfill is permitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to accept 1,000 tons per day of MSW by truck and 5,000 tons per day by rail. While a rail siding is permitted at the site and the property abuts a railroad spur, the company has no immediate plans to build a rail siding. The site has over 33.5 million cubic yards of permitted airspace. The company estimates the net present value of assumed contractual obligations and closure and post closure liabilities at approximately $4.2 million.

"Acquiring the McKean landfill out of bankruptcy proceedings was a great opportunity to add an additional MSW landfill within our northeast footprint for a great price," said John W. Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems. "The McKean landfill adds a great strategic asset in our Western Region, and allows our team to better balance tonnages across our landfills to minimize transportation costs and maximize permit utilization."

"Our management team in the Western Region knows this site well, and they have already hit the ground running to source new tonnages to the site and improve operational performance," Casella said.

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Ned Coletta, vice president of finance and investor relations at (802) 772-2239, or Ed Johnson, chief financial officer at (802) 772-2241, or visit the company's website at http://www.casella.com.

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