RUTLAND, Vt., March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, said today that it has received a permit from the State of Maine to accept in-state municipal solid waste (MSW) directly at the state-owned, company-operated Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine.

The company said the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit allowing the company to dispose of 81,800 tons per year of MSW originating from Maine at the facility through March 31, 2016. The permit was effective February 27, 2014.

The company also said that while it is currently accepting MSW at Juniper Ridge under the conditions of the permit, it has filed an appeal of those conditions with the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, saying the permit provides for a smaller annual disposal limit than requested, as well as a shorter permit term than requested.

The company operates the state-owned Juniper Ridge landfill under a 30-year operating and services agreement executed on February 5, 2004. The 780-acre site is also permitted to take other waste streams originating in Maine, including construction and demolition material, ash from municipal solid waste incinerators and fossil fuel boilers, front end processed residuals and bypass MSW from waste-to-energy facilities, treatment plant sludge and biosolids, and other approved special wastes. There are no annual tonnage limitations on any materials other than MSW at the Juniper Ridge landfill.

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Ned Coletta, chief financial officer at (802) 772-2239, or Joe Fusco, vice president, at (802) 772-2247, or visit the company's website at

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