Waste management is a growing issue on many levels, including in the areas of health, safety, environmental, and renewable energy. Pierce Atwood has extensive experience in providing advice to recyclers, waste transporters, sanitary districts, municipalities and others engaged in waste management, both as their primary business or as part of their ongoing operations. The firm's experience ranges from serving as lead counsel on new, expanded, or existing waste facilities, including landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, recycling facilities, and beneficial reuse sites, to providing day-to-day advice on a broad array of commercial, environmental, labor and litigation issues that confront waste management companies or industries coping with waste management issues.

Please contact Ken Gray for more information about our practices serving clients in the waste management industry.

Representative Experience

Pierce Atwood served as lead counsel to Casella Waste Systems in its $47 million acquisition of waste disposal assets in western Massachusetts and Albany, New York from publicly traded Republic Waste and its affiliates.

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$47 Million Acquisition of Waste Disposal Assets

Represented Casella Waste Systems in connection with the acquisition of waste hauling and handling company, Oceanside Rubbish, Inc., based in Sanford, Maine.

Casella Acquisition in Maine

Pierce Atwood represented Casella Waste Systems in the acquisition of Complete Disposal Company, Inc. and its subsidiary, United Material Management of Holyoke, Inc., owner and operator of a solid waste transfer station in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Casella Acquisition in Massachusetts

Represented Casella Waste Systems, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of waste hauling company Central Maine Disposal Corporation based in Fairfield, Maine.

Casella Acquisition of Central Maine Disposal

Represented NEWSME Landfill Operations, LLC, the operator of the State-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill, in the successful federal, state and local licensing of a 9.35 million cubic yard horizontal expansion of this solid waste facility.  State and local approvals were obtained after contested adjudicatory proceedings.

Juniper Ridge Landfill Horizontal Expansion

For over three decades, Pierce Atwood has represented virtually all of Maine’s pulp and paper companies in the licensing, relicensing, and expansion of their respective solid waste landfills, which are dedicated to the disposal of the solid and special wastes generated at each mill that cannot otherwise be reduced, recycled, or composted.

Landfill Licensing & Relicensing

Represented NEWSME Landfill Operations, LLC, the operator of Maine’s largest state-owned landfill, in separate projects to license a 7 million cubic yard vertical increase in disposal capacity and to accept municipal solid waste for disposal. Both projects involved successful defenses of appeals to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.

NEWSME Solid Waste Landfill Licensing

Served as lead counsel on state and local licensing of a new 1,000 ton-per-day solid waste transfer station and construction and demolition debris processing facility approved after contested adjudicatory hearings before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection and City of Westbrook.

Solid Waste Transfer Station and Processing Facility Licensing

Represented the owner of a closed manufacturing facility landfill in Solon, Maine in the transfer of the Maine DEP closure order for the landfill, in 2010. 

Transfer of Closure Order for Landfill

Pierce Atwood is U.S. intellectual property counsel to Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI), the largest recycler of electronic waste in North America. Headquartered in Fresno, California, ERI services every zip code in the United States with innovative and market leading e-waste solutions.  Pierce Atwood advises ERI in connection with patent and trademark strategies and IP portfolio management.

U.S. IP Counsel to Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI)

Represented multiple large clients at the Wells, Maine Waste Oil site as lead PRP counsel and Chair of Steering Committee in case with over several hundred participating PRPs. Nationally recognized innovative cash out settlement with state, involving property and liability transfers, insurance protections, and toxic tort protections. Continuing to represent the entity that completed the cleanup and manages the site post-closure, including addressing financial assurance matters.

Waste Oil Site