Casella waste systems
Founded in 1975 as a refuse collection enterprise with one truck, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., has evolved into one of the leading providers of sustainable resource management solutions.
Today, as customers seek to recycle, reuse, and prevent waste throughout their operations, Casella’s 2,500 employees are committed to helping them achieve those sustainability goals and promote a circular economy. Our integrated approach provides the services necessary to keep today’s modern society moving, while seeking to create and share value with our customers, communities, and employees alike.
From our first recycling center in Vermont in 1977, to our current infrastructure of seven recycling facilities, Casella has pioneered the recycling processing field. Today, Casella is leading the industry with investments in recycling infrastructure, research and development driving the next generation of recycling technologies, and innovative recycling programs that are making recycling easier for our customers.
Our fleet of over 800 vehicles provides the necessary transportation that makes resource manahement possible. Over the last several years we have modernized our fleet to become more efficient in its routes and collection methods as well as by using alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and biodiesel in select markets, drastically reducing our emissions.
To recover the most value from food waste and other organics, Casella invests in on- and off-site processing equipment. One example is de-packaging, which separates food and beverage from packaging to maximize recovery and plays a key role in Casella’s recovery of close to 450,000 tons of organics each year. Through methods such as composting, anaerobic digestion, or land application, these organic wastes are renewed as resources and businesses become more sustainable.
When organic material in solid waste decomposes in a landfill, it naturally generates a mixture of gases known as landfill gas. Landfill gas is a mixture of approximately equal parts methane and carbon dioxide, along with other trace gases such as water vapor. To capture this gas before it can escape to the air, we use a series of wells connected to a powerful vacuum to actively pull it to our power generation plants. Here, we convert the methane gas to electricity. Casella and its partners are now producing roughly 25 megawatts per hour of clean energy at five of the company's landfills. This clean energy is enough to power approximately 25,000 homes and results in substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Casella is one of the largest landfill operators in the Northeast, safely and securely managing the disposal of over 3 million tons of solid waste each year. Casella's network of transfer stations and landfill disposal sites are well positioned to service most major municipalities and communities across the region. Public-private partnership can have extensive benefits to host communities and Casella has effectively partnered with many municipalities to operate landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities throughout the Northeast. These municipalities have found it advantageous to partner with a private waste and recycling company to keep costs down, increase recycling rates and best meet the needs of the community.
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