Action Environmental Group becomes Interstate Waste Services following landfill acquisition

Teaneck, NJ – January 21, 2020 – Interstate Waste Services, Inc. (“IWS”) and Littlejohn & Co., LLC (“Littlejohn”), a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, today announced the merger of The Action Environmental Group, Inc. and Apex Environmental Resources Holdings II LLC (“Apex”). The combined company will operate under the Interstate Waste Services brand. Littlejohn led the equity financing to facilitate the transaction.

IWS is the largest privately-held, vertically-integrated provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services serving the greater New York City and Northern New Jersey markets. IWS operates nearly 400 collection vehicles throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Northern and Central New Jersey, and Orange and Rockland County, New York; a network of 22 transfer and transload facilities; and a rail-served solid waste landfill in Amsterdam, Ohio.

“This transaction creates a tremendous platform for continued growth and will enable us to offer greater scale and services for our customers,” said Michael DiBella, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IWS. “IWS’s expansion and development over the past 20 years has been driven by our hard-working employees and the support of our key financial partners and business stakeholders. We welcome Apex management into the IWS family and are grateful for the support and partnership of Littlejohn, who share our vision and recognize the significant opportunities ahead as we continue to execute on our growth plans.”

Summer Street Capital Partners LLC, an original investor in IWS, and Prophet Equity, the majority investor in Apex, and management are maintaining significant equity interests in the business. O-Corp Investments, LLC participated in the equity financing alongside Littlejohn.

Brian Michaud, a Managing Director at Littlejohn, said, “The combination of IWS and Apex is highly strategic, creating a vertically-integrated platform with significant growth potential. We are pleased to partner with the IWS management team and existing shareholders to support the merger and the Company’s growth initiatives.”

GSO Capital Partners, the credit investment arm of Blackstone, led the debt financing. Longtime IWS lending partners, Comerica Bank and Brightwood Capital, also participated in the debt financing.

Stifel acted as sole placement agent in connection with the equity and debt financing to support the transaction. Houlihan Lokey, Inc. acted as Littlejohn’s financial advisor.

About Interstate Waste Services, Inc. Interstate Waste Services, Inc. (“IWS”) is a vertically-integrated provider of solid waste and recycling services in the greater New York City and Northern New Jersey markets. IWS operates nearly 400 collection vehicles throughout the five boroughs of NYC, Northern and Central NJ, and Orange and Rockland County New York serviced by a network of 22 transfer, transload facilities and a rail-served solid waste landfill. IWS is one of the most progressive and innovative providers of non-hazardous waste management services with a diverse range of residential, industrial and commercial customers. For more information, please visit

About Littlejohn & Co., LLC Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. With over $12.0 billion in regulatory assets under management, the firm seeks to build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change. For more information about Littlejohn, visit

About O-Corp Investments, LLC Headquartered in New York City, O-Corp Investments is the investment arm of the Olshan Family and directs capital on their behalf. O-Corp takes long-term positions in both public securities and privately held companies, primarily in the real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and industrial sectors. The firm invests in high quality platform businesses, assets and management teams that compound at attractive rates of return over long periods of time.

Interstate Waste Services Partners with American Dream

Teaneck, NJ October 28, 2019 – Interstate Waste Services (IWS), a Teaneck, NJ based waste management company, announced today its partnership with the long-awaited American Dream complex in East Rutherford, N.J.

Interstate Waste Services will be the exclusive waste and recycling hauler for the mega-mall complex expected to draw 40 million visitors annually. IWS, who began working on the American Dream site since the construction project began in 2016, will provide service to the three million square foot property. Service will include waste and recycling removal for the 350 shops, attractions, dining destinations, and other facilities.


Ron Bergamini CEO Testimony to DSNY on CWZ





MARCH 14, 2019

My name is Ron Bergamini. I am the CEO of Action Environmental Group, the parent company of Action Carting, NYC’s largest hauler of solid waste & recycling materials. We will be submitting further substantive written comments on the draft environmental impact statement.

Today I would like to comment on a single topic – the choice between single hauler (“single”) and multiple hauler zones (“multiple”).


LaborPress: A Labor-Management Response To Intro.157

By Mike Hellstrom and Ronald Bergamini

Editor’s Note: This is an op-ed from Mike Hellstom, secretary treasurer, Laborers Local 108 and Ron Bergamini, CEO, Action Carting Environmental Services.

Unions have been in the news lately.  The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME holding that public sector employees can benefit from union representation without paying dues has garnered much commentary.  That, as well as growing concerns about income inequality, has thrust the social and political role of unions into the forefront of public debate in a way we have not seen in years.

Also in the news—and rightly so—is the issue of civility (or lack thereof) in public discourse.  Some folks in high places are acting without much civility; leading to debates about what civility entails or whether it still matters.  There seems to even be a movement to fight incivility with more of it, an irony too rich to start exploring here.

Some activists, another union, and too many elected officials prefer to play on stereotypes and some particularly bad actors to portray the whole waste industry as out control and impervious to the needs of workers, the community, and the environment…

Read the full article here! Action’s 2018 Safest Driver of the Year

We had the pleasure of presenting our 2nd annual Safest Driver of the Year award to Alfred “Mike” Sandoval. Mike’s family was on hand to present him with this honor. Mike and his family won an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for being our safest driver in 2018. was also there to capture the whole thing.

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Waste360: Is Widespread Side Guard Implementation on the Horizon?

Side guards can be retrofitted onto existing trucks or designed for new trucks as well. In 2016, Action Carting, one of the New York City’s largest haulers, took advantage of the incentive program offered by the city and applied side guards on 23 trucks, explains Sal Mastriani, director of risk management at Action Carting. In 2017, the company fitted about 125 trucks with side guards.

“We decided, why wait for the deadline, which is 2024,” says Mastriani. “We felt it was necessary to implement the side guards onto all of our packers immediately. As of March 2018, 100 percent of our packer trucks were fitted with side guards.”

“We are actually hoping they move the date [2024] up a little bit,” adds Mastriani. “We are ready, and we feel that it’s very important to the industry for everyone to comply with this.”

Across the industry, the use of side guards has not become a universally accepted benefit. For some companies working in less densely populated areas, the need may not feel as urgent. For companies considering the use of side guards, some of the pushback is that the specifications are not clear or standardized. Using the wrong materials can impact the weight of a collection truck, and making the modifications to an entire fleet can prove costly.

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The Action Environmental Group, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Miele Sanitation

Teaneck, NJ June 12, 2018 – The Action Environmental Group, provider of non-hazardous waste management and recycling services for New York City, Northern New Jersey, Rockland and Orange County, New York; today announced the completion of its acquisition of Miele Sanitation, a Bergen County, New Jersey-based waste management company.

With this transaction, The Action Environmental Group, through its subsidiary Interstate Waste Services (IWS), has acquired operations and assets of the Closter, NJ based company. The acquired business assets include commercial waste and recycling collection, equipment, and vehicles.

“We look for companies with a strong work ethic and commitment to its employees and customers. Miele Sanitation has been an institution in Bergen County, we are proud to continue its legacy, said IWS Chairman, Mike DiBella.

For more information on The Action Environmental Group and Interstate Waste Services visit Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information @actioncarting.

2018 NWRA Professional Development Series – New Jersey

Action is proud to host the 2018 NWRA Professional Development Series for New Jersey. Director of Risk Management, Sal Mastrian, will host the free half-day event. The goal of this event is to improve safety standards and compliance across the waste industry. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Safety PDS are educational and capability building sessions, which were scheduled in regional locations to bring local industry companies together to build their capabilities in the areas of regulatory compliance, Safety Culture, use of technology, and Distracted Driving. The event topics and materials were developed in direct response to the Safety Committee, Small Hauler’s Roundtable discussions and reviews held throughout the year. These events, also, give our Supplier Members a chance to present in the area of their subject matter expertise.

In addition to our speakers, the event will also feature a roundtable identifying how NWRA can support your safety needs. NWRA will use this information to achieve its Strategic Safety Initiatives. These include removing the collection industry from the top 10 most dangerous occupations, reducing distracted driving incidents and finding collaboration opportunities to leverage safety efforts.

Tentative Educational Sessions include:

  • Safety Culture
  • Round Table Discussion
  • ANSI Z245 and You
  • Best Practices
  • Safety and Compliance Topics Employers Need to Know
  • OSHA Compliance Topics
  • DOT Compliance Topics
  • Distracted Driving
  • Safety Culture
  • Fleet Management
  • Employee Engagement

The presentations provided safety personnel, operations managers, and front line supervisors with a basic understanding of their safety, compliance, and, most importantly, their individual responsibility to the employees’ personal health and wellbeing. The topics included: OSHA and DOT compliance, Eliminating Distractions, Fleet Management Technology, and Operational Excellence Process Improvement, with a connecting theme of Safety Culture and Employee Engagement. Scalable solutions were provided to the attendees that will empower them to improve their safety management systems and strongly engage employees for solution-based results.

For more information or to sign up for this event visit the NWRA website.

We Honor Two of Our Own at the Center for Employment Opportunities Gala

Action has worked closely with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) for many years. CEO is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Their highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions into the working environment.

Through our partnership with CEO, we are happy to say that we have helped employees from CEO build a foundation for a stable and productive life for themselves and their families. 
I am pleased to announce that last Thursday two of our employees were honored at the annual Center for Employment Opportunities Award Gala, with their families and friends in attendance.

Luis Lopez, who is a Route Supervisor from our Bronx Casanova Depot, was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award.” Luis was recognized for his outstanding performance, superior dedication and positive attitude on the job throughout the past year. Luis who began working with Action through the CEO program grew from a Helper to a Route Supervisor in just two short years.

Also being honored at the gala was Marc Lopez, a Driver from our Jersey City Depot. Marc was recognized for his dedication and achievements with the “Leadership Achievement Award” in recognition of his ongoing dedication and growth. Marc has been a key member of the Action team starting out as a helper in 2011 and growing into a world-class Driver.

Thank you to both men for their dedication and for living our companies core values!

BronxTimes: Action Carting employee wins ‘second chance’ award

A carting company employee who received a second chance just was selected to take home a prestigious award.

Luis Lopez, who was recently promoted to route supervisor at Action Carting’s Hunts Point hub, will be awarded an outstanding achievement award at a Center for Employment Opportunities gala in Manhattan’s financial district on Tuesday, May 3.

Lopez, who served time in prison, got his break through a CEO program that matches prospective employees who were recently incarcerated with employers like Action Carting who are willing to provide ‘second chance’ opportunities.

Read the full article here!