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Waste management
Despite the economic slowdown, waste management companies are still cleaning up: Allied Waste, Clean Harbors and Waste Management all recently boosted profits, due in large to the industry's consolidation. Several trash collectors have cut their outlooks because of the lower commodity prices they'll receive for waste, but shrinking fuel costs and increased environmental regulation ought to keep them flush.

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