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Trash CartFor the past 29 years, Santek Waste Services has been meeting the waste disposal needs of local governments and their residents. Santek is a full-service waste disposal company, managing publicly owned landsfills and a fleet of trash collection vehicles. Santek currently manages 18 disposal facilities in a nine-state region. In addition to its municipal landfill partnerships, Santek also provides residential commercial and industrial trash pick up to compliment its landfill efforts.


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January 4, 2016 -

Santek Acquires Waste Transport

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Officials with Santek Waste Services, LLC. announced today the company’s acquisition of Waste Transport Service, LLC in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the transaction includes all of Waste Transport's residential, commercial and industrial waste collection customers in Hardin, Meade and LaRue counties. Because Santek is a privately held company, the terms of the acquisition are not being publicly disclosed. Waste Services of Kentucky, LLC, a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Santek, acquired all Waste Transport's assets.

The purchase includes 14,000 residential customers, 346 commercial and industrial waste customers, and 24 collection vehicles.

Santek Chief Business Development Officer Edward Caylor said the purchase of the 17-year-old company complements Santek's operation of the Pearl Hollow Landfill which is owned by Hardin County, Kentucky.

“The addition of Waste Transport is a very strategic acquisition for Santek because it gives us the ability to internalize new waste volumes at the Pearl Hollow Landfill and gives us a solid waste collection presence in the Elizabethtown market," Caylor said.

As part of the transaction, Santek will integrate all existing Waste Transport employees into Santek’s work force. Waste Transport owners Wayne and Barbara Smith opted to retire.

December 15, 2015 -

Santek Completes $153 Million Recapitalization

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Santek Waste Services, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manager of publicly owned solid waste landfills, has completed a $153 million recapitalization of the Cleveland, Tennessee-based company, according to Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Higgins.
The new credit facility for the 30-year company provides for the proceeds to refinance its existing indebtedness and to provide significant unused debt capacity for working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions while also providing capital for other general corporate purposes.

The financing was comprised of a Revolving Credit Facility, a Unitranche Senior Term Loan as well as a Delayed Draw term Loan led by Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, LP and Benefit Street Partners, LLC,. Additionally, Lampert Debt Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor and placement agent to Santek.

Santek estimates its 2016 revenues to be $107 million.

"This financing provides Santek with the platform and capital to realize our plans for growth by building waste collection activities that leverage our investment in landfill operations," Higgins said. "The unused capital capacity inherent in this financing will fuel our internal growth and growth through acquisitions."

Headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, Santek is a leading, vertically integrated waste management company and currently manages 17 solid waste landfills, five transfer stations, and waste collection divisions in five states, predominately in the Southeast.

October 1, 2015 -

Waste Services Secures Hoover, Gardendale Residential Collection Contracts

​JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. - Effective October 1, 2015, Waste Services of Alabama (WSAL) began servicing more than 30,000 residential customers in the cities of Hoover and Gardendale, Alabama.

The municipal contracts represent a strategic complement to sister company Santek Environmental of Alabama's landfill management contract with the Jefferson County Commission. Santek began managing the county's waste disposal facilities in 2006.
​WSAL is providing twice-per-week residential waste collection service and once-per-week recycling and brush service to Hoover residents. Beginning in November, WSAL will provide leaf collection service to Hoover residents through the month of February. Meanwhile, Gardendale residents are receiving once-per-week waste collection service and can elect to add recycling.

WSAL has invested more than $8.2 million in new vehicles, rolling carts and equipment.
​"Initiating the start-up of two residential waste collection contracts on the same day was a challenge, but we've got a good crew of employees who are committed to providing quality service," said Sam Dillender, Santek Waste Services' general manager.

​"We're humbled by the confidence city leaders have placed in us and we're excited about the future opportunities this base of business will open up to us," Dillender said.

Santek Waste Services is WSAL's parent company and manages a total of 17 landfills and five transfer stations in nine states. Waste Services' affiliates manage more than 45,000 residential customers, and more than 8,500 commercial and industrial customers in a four-state region.

April 10, 2015 -

Waste Services Operating New Transfer Station

ESTILL SPRINGS, Tennessee – Waste Services of Tennessee (WST) began managing the Estill Springs Transfer Station, effective April 1st.

The station is owned by the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (ISWA), a quasi-governmental entity comprised of Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lincoln and Moore counties and the City of Tullahoma.

WST is responsible for disposing of ISWA's waste at a Santek-managed landfill. Santek Waste Services is WST's parent company and manages a total of 17 landfills in nine states.
The transfer station accepts approximately 200 tons per day of waste from a number of cities and towns inside the five-county region.

"We're pleased to have a new governmental partner in ISWA, and we intend to work with them to provide a quality transportation and disposal program," said Eddie Caylor, Santek's chief business development officer.


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