Merger Initiates Top-Tier Waste-and-Recycling Company

Mountain Waste teamed up with Summit County's Timberline Disposal, Talking Trash, and Clear Creek County's Rocky Mountain Cabana Feb. 1

Quietly and methodically, a waste-and-recycling company with roots in the sleepy mountain town of Carbondale has gained prominence among the giants of the state’s industry.

Merging with three mountain waste-haulers, Mountain Waste & Recycling recently climbed into what it says is Colorado’s top two privately held companies, along with Denver-based Alpine Waste & Recycling. The other competitors in the state (Waste Management, Republic and Waste Connections) are all publicly held and based outside of Colorado.

Mountain Waste joined this elite group by merging with Summit County’s Timberline Disposal and Talking Trash, and with Clear Creek County’s Rocky Mountain Cabana Feb. 1.

Anyone paying attention should not have been surprised. Mountain Waste had already established itself by acquiring Pro Disposal, which serves 14 cities in the Denver metro area, and last year added Vail Honeywagon in the Eagle-Vail Valley.

Mountain Waste is run by President Scott Eden, who has a deep history in growing waste-service businesses, including an East Coast firm, EnviroSolutions, he founded. He also started Intermountain Waste & Recycling, which merged with Mountain Roll-Off in the Roaring Fork Valley to form Mountain Waste. He and his company made big news recently with the announcement that Mountain Waste would build a multi-million-dollar waste/recycling transfer station in North Douglas County just outside Parker, in the Compark Industrial Park.

The merger with Timberline, Talking Trash and Cabana makes sense, says Eden, because it is a collection of waste-and-recycling experts who understand the unique requirements of mountain communities. By merging, he said, the companies can combine their resources, improve purchasing power and gain greater operating efficiencies.

“Customers will begin to experience an expanded, robust line of services, including construction dumpsters, pick-up of organics, portable restrooms, special event sustainability services, and more, all under one company umbrella,” Eden says.

Some redundant truck routes will be eliminated, but there will be no layoffs. Mountain Waste’s ongoing growth will require that the company retain the services of all its good employees, Eden says.

The companies will operate under the name Timberline Disposal & Recycling, based in Silverthorne.

Not incidentally, Eden says, the three newcomers to the Mountain Waste family will now have access to the capital that Eden has tapped into for the ongoing growth of the company. The obvious question at this point is, What’s next for Mountain Waste?

“We hope to break ground on the transfer station in Douglas County later this year,” Eden says. “We will move our headquarters down there (from Henderson). It’s more than a transfer station, really. It will be a campus with our offices and a vehicle maintenance facility, plus an area for truck parking.”

He says the station will encourage greater percentages of waste diversion (recycling) in the area, and he hopes to help the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reach its diversion-rate goal of 28 percent by 2021.

Meanwhile, he said he expects Mountain Waste to establish itself as a premier “special event” sustainability consultant.

The company has already created sustainability campaigns for such notable events as the Summer and Winter X Games, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass music festival.

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