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LEE, MASS. — Loyal customers of Daley & Sons Trucking hardly will notice that the local trash hauler has been sold for nearly $1 million to a regional waste management firm in Vermont.

Casella Waste Systems Inc. in Rutland recently spent $963,800 to buy Daley & Sons Trucking operating at 1185 Pleasant St. (Route 102), according to legal documents.

Daley & Sons co-owner Bob Daley wrote to his approximately 3,500 residential and business patrons that the sale won't affect their service. He said the family-run firm his father, Nelson Daley Sr., formed in 1971 will remain under local management.

"Our entire staff [of 24] is remaining, including myself, my dad and my son," Daley wrote. "This industry is what we know and love, and we plan on being with Casella for many years to come."

Daley said his new title is operations manager for newest Casella subsidiary.

Daley customers will notice one change: Casella will handle all billing information and correspondence.

Casella officials could not be reached for comment on the sale.

Bob Daley said personal reasons and the changing landscape of waste management prompted him to sell to a larger, regional waste-hauling firm that has been at the forefront in the Northeast of recycling and waste reduction.

"Recycling is a major factor for selling, as the market is dominated by the world," he said in an Eagle interview. "It costs me 30 percent more to recycle than to get rid of the trash."

Casella built Vermont's first recycling center in 1977, two years after the family-run business came on the trash-hauling scene.

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The company's online profile lists the dozens of solid waste collection operations, transfer stations and recycling facilities it operates or oversee throughout New England and New York. In addition, Casella has four landfill gas-to-energy facilities, and one landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition materials, all with a roster of 2,300 employees as of January 2019, according to the company website.

Daley & Sons has been the target of a buyout for many years, said Daley, who sees Casella as a mirror image of his company.

"Casella is known for strong customer service and leadership recycling initiatives, making them a perfect fit for our area," he said.

Daley & Sons will remain at its Route 102 location, where it opened a new waste management facility seven years ago. Daley relocated back to Lee from Lenox Dale in 2012 to add jobs and build a larger facility that included an extensive recycling operation.

Under the new owners, Bob Daley plans further expansion on the 15-acre site, financed through Casella.

Also, Daley and his staff will continue to give back to and maintain good relations with the community.

"I am so grateful for the customer loyalty over the years," he said.

TAM Waste Management Inc. of Bennington sold its waste hauling, recycling and composting businesses to Casella in June 2019.

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