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The Beginning:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWaste Partners serving the greater Brainerd Lakes area, was created by father and son, Gary and Eric Loge in 1998. They purchased a small used oil filters recycling business.

Used oil filters were collected from area businesses and service stations, drained, crushed, and then recycled as scrap metal.

In April of 2000, Waste Partners acquired a small trash collection business (Grinning Bear Sanitation) in Pine River, Minnesota.

One month later, Waste Partners purchased a second hauler in the area (Filsmyer Disposal).

Who We Are:

Gary and Eric started Waste Partners with combined corporate and private industry experience of over 30 years.

Gary had previously owned a private collection business in the Brainerd Lakes Area (Poor Gary’s Disposal 1981 to 1992). Prior to this business, Gary had owned many different enterprises in several industries including: restaurants, grocery store, meat market, motel, home construction, well drilling, pilot training, airplane sales, etc…

Eric worked for Poor Gary’s Disposal while also going to college. When Gary sold his business to Northern Waste Systems (a regional hauler serving Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota), Eric stayed to run the division. Northern Waste Systems then sold its operations to Waste Management Inc. the world’s largest trash collection company.

Eric remained the manager and expanded his duties to running the Alexandria Division and operating the St. Cloud Division Transfer Station. Eric left Waste Management in 1998 to assume the duties of General Manager for Superior Services of St. Paul. A month later Superior Services sold their operations to Vivendi, a French conglomerate. Eric remained the GM here until March of 2000, just prior to beginning Waste Partners.

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