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A buy since May 2005, Waste Industries USA ( WWIN) tops this week's list. The company provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to commercial, industrial and residential customers in six states in the Southeast. It demonstrates improved operating margins due to pricing initiatives, higher productivity gains and increased internalization of waste into its landfills. The company also completed acquisitions in South Carolina and Georgia that will boost hauling revenues and strengthen its routes in desired markets. The solid waste industry is very competitive and requires considerable labor and capital resources, and is subject to extensive federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations. For these reasons, any changes in the economic, legal and regulatory environment could hurt its future financial performance.