It was back in 2008 when behemoth Waste Management (WM) - Get Report made a failed play for rival Republic Services (RSG) - Get Report . Since then, Republic Services has scooped up Allied Waste for $6.24 billion and numerous smaller operators to solidify itself as a strong number two in the waste management industry. Republic Services and its larger rival now control about 45% of the market.
Republic Services president and CEO Donald Slager tells TheStreet he isn't thinking about a merger with Waste Management. Instead, he thinks the more attractive play is to buy up independent waste management companies and grow from there. Republic Services will spend roughly $100 million alone this year on tuck-in acquisitions.
As Slager told TheStreet, the business of garbage is good.