Waste Management buys into Kansas City market

Kansas City's Deffenbaugh Disposal will be acquired by a subsidiary of Houston-based Waste Management. |Courtesy of Deffenbaugh Disposal
Kansas City’s Deffenbaugh Disposal will be acquired by a subsidiary of Houston-based Waste Management. |Courtesy of Deffenbaugh Disposal

Waste Management Inc., which has a limited presence in the Kansas City market, expects to become a major operator in the area with the pending acquisition of Deffenbaugh Disposal Inc. A subsidiary of Houston-based Waste Management has offered to buy the outstanding stock of Deffenbaugh, which handles an estimated 45 percent of the Kansas City waste trade.

Deffenbaugh has about 1,000 employees in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Topeka, Kan., Omaha, Neb., and northwest Arkansas. In addition to its trash-hauling business, Deffenbaugh operates the Johnson County solid waste landfill in Shawnee, Kan., a construction and demolition landfill, two material recovery facilities and seven transfer stations.

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