A local group of family-owned trash haulers has struck an agreement to sell their businesses to a large Fontana-based company looking to take over a contract with Bakersfield and a Kern County franchise for picking up garbage, recycling, green and organic waste. The terms of a sale agreement finalized Oct. 1 were not disclosed. No changes are expected in local residential or commercial service or rates, and the owner of the proposed buyer, Burrtec Waste Industries Inc., said he does not anticipate personnel changes in the organizations.

The businesses being sold are Howard’s Garbage Service Inc., Lamont Sanitation Inc., Mountainside Disposal Inc., Price Disposal Inc., Superior Sanitation Service Inc., Varner Bros. Inc. and Varner & Son Inc., plus two aggregate companies, Kern Refuse Disposal Inc. and Metropolitan Recycling Corp.

No money will change hands unless the county Board of Supervisors approves a new franchise agreement with Burrtec. No such action is required by city government, which nevertheless is reviewing the deal. The cost and disruption of upcoming regulations is the main reason the local haulers wanted to sell, said their delegated representative, Larry Moxley, president of Kern Refuse. He said a large company like Burrtec is better positioned to face the looming changes.

Privately held Burrtec has expanded across Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties partly through acquisitions like these, owner Cole Burr said. The company has substantial experience in composting and using digesters to process green waste.

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Author: John Cox, Bakersfield.com
Image: Varner Bros., Inc.