In Waste Dive’s January 28 article “Waste Management and Advanced Disposal working toward multi-state divestiture plan,” AAI President Diana Moss the highly concentrated local markets in the waste management industry.
From the article:
The reality that this deal could lead to “highly concentrated” local markets per DOJ metrics will bring heightened attention to the process of finding a viable buyer for divestitures, according to American Antitrust Institute President Diana Moss.
“That viable buyer has to step in, take over the assets and operate them as efficiently as possible to maintain the competitive discipline that was in the market before the merger,” said Moss. “In highly concentrated markets, finding viable buyers who are going to reinject the lost competition is more difficult.”
Many of the industry’s largest players previously expressed openness to acquiring likely divestitures and some sources believe the situation still remains fluid.