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CFO Brian Giambagno Wins 2015 NJBIZ CFO of the Year Award

Congrats to our CEO Brian Giambagno for winning the 2015 NJBIZ CFO of the Year Award. On Friday, October 9, 2015, over 400 guests gathered at The Palace at Somerset Park to honor and celebrate the achievements of 32 financial professionals. Each finalist was recognized and the winners in each category were announced.

Read the full list of winners and finalist here.


Waste Advantage Magazine: In the Spotlight: Action Carting Environmental Services: A Visionary Leader

Waste Advantage Magainze featured us in their spotlight series. They write “From building a state-of-the-art recycling facility inside their transfer station, to operating as the largest waste company within the five boroughs of New York City, Action Carting Environmental Services has proved itself a leader in the community and a proactive partner with the city.”

Read the full article here!


Action Environmental Group, Inc. announces its launch of an Optical Sorter to improve the way NYC businesses recycle at the NYC GoGreen conference

New York, New York (September 26, 2013) Joe Burke, Action Environmental Group, Inc.’s Director of Sales, will publicly announce the company’s recycling business, Action Environmental Solutions, opening of their new state-of-the-art recycling facility in the Bronx at NYC’s GoGreen conference. This recycling center will ultimately change the way New York City recycles. This new recycling facility called The Optical Sorter uses RedWave optic technology to automate the recycling process and extract more waste from landfills.

An optical sorter uses infrared technology to detect and separate all seven grades plastics, white paper from mixed paper and cardboard from the rest. This allows Action to extract higher quality recyclables out of the waste stream. This will also allow the customer to single stream their recycling. Single stream is when all recyclables go into one bin, no longer needing to separate. The Action Environmental Group philosophy behind the purchase of this vast and innovate recycling center is to lead NYC into the future of recycling.

“This technology allows us to extract recyclable material from what would otherwise be land filled. The goal of recycling has not changed but the method now has greatly improved.”- CEO of Action Environmental Group, Ronald S. Bergamini

To view the video go to: http://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=S-UzjL8GI4A

In the news:

http://www.abc27.com/story/23518374/action-environmental-group-inc-announces-the-launch-of-a-state-of-the-art-optical-sorter-recycling-center

http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/09/24/5241251/action-environmental-group-inc.html


Action acquires Northern New Jersey, Rockland and Orange County of NY assets of Interstate Waste Services

Advanced Disposal Services Inc. has sold its New York and New Jersey waste and recycling assets to the Action Environmental Group for an undisclosed amount.

The Ponte Vedra, Fla.-based Advanced Disposal sold the assets as a strategic decision, says President Richard Burke.The Department of Justice DOJ has ordered Advanced Disposal to sell two transfer stations in its approval of the sale of Veolia ES Solid Waste Inc. to Advanced Disposal owner Highstar Capital.This lastest deal was not connected to the order, which Bruke says the company plans to comply with by the end of the year.

The Newark, N.J.-based Action Environmental Group is a waste and recycling service provider serving New York City and northern New Jersey. It also serves throughout New York and New Jersey.

The specific assets divested in the deal include collection operations in Chester and Sloatsburg, N.Y., and Jersey City and Paterson, N.J.; transfer station operations in Chestnut Ridge, Goshen, Hilburn, Newburgh, New Hampton and Port Jervis, N.Y., and Jersey City and Garfield, N.J.; and a recycling facility in Airmont, N.Y., according to a news release.

The transfer stations to be sold include two permits for stations in Paterson, N.J., and one in Totowa, N.J.

“We are excited about re-entering northern New Jersey and lower New York state,” said Action Chairman Michael DiBella.

This is an exert from the article in Waste 360 by Alan Gerlat.


Testimony of the National Solid Waste Management Association city council committee on sanitation and solid waste management

Chairwoman James, members of the Committee and distinguished guests, my name is Ron Bergamini. I am the CEO of The Action Environmental Group, the parent company of Action Carting, the largest licensed hauler in New York City. I am here today to testify on behalf of the National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA). NSWMA is a non-profit trade organization that represents many licensed haulers who have suffered greatly from cardboard theft over the past few years, and we appreciate the opportunity to testify today.

Many NSWMA members collect both garbage and recyclables from commercial customers. Although the companies pay to dispose of the garbage, they are paid for the recyclables, and the commodity that is the focus of today’s hearing, cardboard. Today recycling facilities in the New York City metropolitan area pay haulers more than $100 per ton for cardboard. Every day, tens of thousands of customers put out waste and cardboard for collection. Every night, a substantial amount of it is illegally removed by unlicensed trucks or vans NSWMA estimates that the industry is losing between $8-10 million in revenue annually because of cardboard theft. At the current rate, this translates to 80,000-100,000 tons of cardboard. One medium-sized, family-owned hauler estimates it lost nearly 20 tons of cardboard from a single cardboard route in just one week earlier this month. In this highly regulated industry, New York city is the only jurisdiction in the country with a rate cap on what we can charge, thus, the revenue associated with cardboard is often the difference between losing money and breaking even in a particular month.

NSWMA and its members have been reporting examples of cardboard theft to the Business Integrity Commission (BIC) for many years. We have provided numerous pictures, video, license plate numbers and other information to the BIC. We have discussed this problem at numerous BIC Trade Waste Advisory Board meetings and with numerous BIC Commissioners. Due to limited resources, , however, this has not translated into tough enforcement action on the streets that the industry and BIC would like to see . Even when the BIC catches a cardboard thief, it is evidently difficult to get the district attorney’s office to press charges. the Police Department with many pressing responsibilities, does not consider cardboard theft to be an enforcement priority. Finally, when a cardboard thief is arrested and the vehicle he is using to illegally pick up cardboard is impounded, we are told that City agencies do not want to deal with a vehicle filled with cardboard.

It is not just the industry that suffers when cardboard is illegally removed from commercial establishments. The hauler’s monthly waste removal cost is based in part on the revenue we expect to collect from the cardboard, and when someone steals the cardboard, the Hauler is often forced to increase the monthly fee to the customer to make up that loss.

Although NSWMA generally supports the proposed legislation, we do have some concerns about specific provisions, which we look forward to discussing with the Committee, the Mayor’s Office and other stakeholders. For example, the requirement that haulers with contracts to remove recyclables from some, but not all, residential properties, provide reports twice each year to the Department of Sanitation with information about the weight of each type of recyclable material is unduly burdensome. Further, we urge the Council to send a strong signal to those illegally removing recyclables and taking revenue from both the Department of Sanitation and licensed haulers by having this legislation take effect immediately, not four months after it is enacted.

Finally, although the proposed legislation increases the penalties imposed against facilities located in New York City that receive recyclables from unlicensed individuals, the Administration is well aware that much of the cardboard being stolen is brought to recycling facilities outside of New York City. NSWMA urges the Administration to work with law enforcement officials and regulators in neighboring states to stop those facilities from accepting recyclables originating in New York City. NSWMA would be glad to work with City officials and others to develop a regional approach to this problem.

The daily theft of cardboard by unlicensed individuals is an epidemic, hurts small, family-owned licensed hauling companies as well as larger companies like mine, hurts our customers, and needs to be addressed by the City Council and the various enforcement agencies. Thank you. I would be glad to answer any questions.