The Center for a Competitive Waste Industry champions efforts
to restore and maintain competition in the solid waste industry of especial
interest for public works directors, independent haulers, businesses using
solid waste services, anti-trust regulators and recyclers.
The Center conducts research on the impact of concentration
on prices charged for waste services and on the ability of the public to
expand recycling. It also investigates possible collusive conduct and helps
coordinate the efforts of those interested in protecting competitive markets
for waste services.
Among the reports that the Center has issued are formal
filings with the US Department of Justice opposing the mergers of USA
Waste and Waste Management, of new Waste Management and Eastern
Environmental and of Allied Waste Industries and Browning Ferris. It has
also conducted a detailed analysis demonstrating that the increase in route
densities from consolidation will not perceptibly improve collection
efficiency within the concentration boundaries permissible under antitrust
It has also prepared a sweeping historical review of
competition and consolidation in the industry over the century, Endgame!.
In progress is a major nationwide market-by-market analysis of concentration
in the market for landfills and its relationship to price.