American Waste has roots in northern Michigan going back 40 years. We are a locally owned company. Our business has grown and changed, but our commitment to providing outstanding service has remained a constant. We are proud to serve the northern Michigan community.

People working together, building relationships that are unrivaled through collaboration, innovation and dedication.

There's not a specific date on the calendar, like an anniversary or birthday, which marks the day the first garbage truck was created. It was probably more an evolution than a single moment in time. Early open-bed trucks and dump trucks—already replacing horse-drawn wagons to collect rubbish in the early 1910s—were likely modified by crafty mechanics to make the job easier and an iconic vehicle was born.

We do know that 100 years ago, in 1912, Americans were beginning to watch these motorized marvels collect trash, keeping streets and cities clean. It was the start of a century of awe and wonder that continues to captivate not only children at the curb but veteran waste workers and drivers around the country.

We were those kids at the curb, who chased after the diesel roar, who savored the satisfying sounds of popping bags and shattering glass when the compactor blade engaged and who relished the power and even the smell and ooze of these steel giants.

A Brief history

  • 1966—Ascione family moves to Northern Michigan from Metro Detroit

  • 1971—Edward Ascione Sr. founds Northern A-1 Sanitation Services and begins collection of municipal solid waste

  • 1978—Northern A-1 adds environmental services

  • 1997—Environmental Services and Pollution Control Services acquired

  • 2002—Eddie & Mike Ascione found American Waste

  • 2005—Traverse City Sundowner Transfer Station begins operation

  • 2006—American Waste begins recycling in small Traverse City facility

  • 2008—Kalkaska Construction & Demolition Recycling facility begins operation

  • 2010—American Waste invests $12 million to purchase and retrofit former Tower Automotive building in Traverse City as recycling facility

  • 2011—Traverse City single stream Material Recovery Facility (MRF) begins operation; Wexford County Landfill is acquired from City of Cadillac

  • 2014—New Corporate Headquarters building opens in Kalkaska

  • 2019—American Waste receives $474,000 grant from Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy to upgrade MRF recycling equipment

American Waste History