Bend Garbage Co. announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to sell Bend Garbage & Recycling, High Country Disposal and Deschutes Recycling to Republic Services, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s second-largest trash hauler, behind only Waste Management Inc. Bend Garbage & Recycling and High Country Disposal provide waste management, recycling and hauling services in Bend, Redmond and Sisters. Deschutes Recycling is a recycling depot and compost facility located at Knott Landfill in Bend.

Brad Bailey, president of Bend Garbage Company, said in a statement, “We have been honored to work with our cities, counties, and such a great community over the years, but we feel now is the time for our family to retire and transition the company to new ownership.” The company said Republic Services is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal, and currently serves several communities across Oregon.  “Republic Services brings a high level of experience in solid waste management and disposal, recycling, and sustainability initiatives, and I am confident their team will provide the excellent level of service our customers have come to expect,” Bailey explained. “I have confidence in their ability to successfully lead the company and our employees into the future.”

Bailey assured that customers will not experience any interruption in their services throughout the transition and should visit or call 541-382-2263 if they have questions about their account. Brad Bailey and his father and predecessor, Bruce Bailey, did not disclose terms of the deal, but said the transaction is expected to close in late March. Brad Bailey said Bend Garbage is about 60 years old and that his mother and father, Bruce and Karin, moved over from the Valley and acquired it from the original owner in 1985, involving other family members along the way. “There were 12 employees then, 112 now,” Bailey told NewsChannel 21.
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