Waste Services, Inc. currently has operations in Florida, and in Eastern and Western Canada. We provide services to our customers through a network of 33 collection operations, 18 transfer stations, 12 recycling facilities and 7 landfills as of December 31, 2009.
Waste Services, Inc. provided waste collection to approximately 86,000 commercial and industrial customers as well as approximately 7.2 million residential homes in the United States and Canada as of December 31, 2009.
Our services include curbside collection of solid waste for residential customers and a full range of waste management services for industrial and commercial customers, including roll-off containers, compactor sales and rentals, and portable toilet rentals for special events and construction sites.
We offer collection and processing services to our municipal, commercial and industrial customers for a variety of recyclable materials, including cardboard, office paper, plastic containers, glass bottles, fiberboard, and ferrous and aluminum metals.
Waste Services, Inc. provides disposal services, through both landfills and transfer stations. Our transfer stations allow us to internalize our collection volume to the landfills we own. They also receive solid waste from third parties. Waste received at our transfer station is compacted and transferred, generally by third-party subcontractors, for disposal to our own or third-party landfills.
We believe that the benefits or using our transfer stations include improved utilization of our collection infrastructure and better relationships with municipalities and private operators that deliver waste to our transfer stations, which can lead to additional growth opportunities. We believe that transfer stations will become increasingly important to our operations as new landfills are opening further away from metropolitan areas and waste needs to travel further for disposal in large metropolitan markets.
We offer collection and processing services to our municipal, commercial and industrial customers for a variety of recyclable materials, including cardboard, office paper, plastic containers, glass bottles, fiberboard, and ferrous and aluminum metals. In some markets, we operate material recovery facilities that are used to sort, bale and ship recyclable materials to market. We also deliver recyclable materials that we collect to third parties for processing and resale.
In an effort to reduce exposure to commodity price fluctuations on recycled materials, where competitive pressures permit, we charge collection or processing fees for recycling volume collected from our customers. We may also manage our exposure to commodity price fluctuations through the use of commodity brokers, which arrange for the sale of recyclable material collected in our operations to a third party purchasers. We believe that recycling will continue to be an important component of municipal solid waste management plans due to the public's environmental awareness and regulations that mandate or encourage recycling.