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Gaeta began in 1973. That first roll-off truck slowly grew into a small fleet and in 1985 Gaeta's transfer station was established at 25 Van Street in Staten Island, NY.
But it wasn't until 1990 that Gaeta became involved in the sanitation business, a decision that nearly doubled the size of the fleet overnight. At the same time, demolition was expanding, and Gaeta slowly progressed from light to heavy demolition, most notably within the last ten years.
Today, Gaeta has become one of the premier carting companies in New York priding itself on our friendly customer service and reliability. it has now grown into a full service company with close to ninety employees and just under thirty trucks. We are union affiliated and all our demolition workers are OSHA compliant. Unlike other companies, we run our sanitation department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We service all 5 boroughs of New York as well as New Jersey, and our transfer station is open to the public 6 days a week. We are a fully licensed and insured company.
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At Gaeta, we are very proud of our fleet and our service style. We know that a good deal of our growth in the past years has been due to the meticulous care we take in keeping our fleet and our equipment freshly painted and squeaky clean. After all, our trucks are the face of our business to the general public and our valued customers. We have also put 6 new trucks on the road which gives us the largest and newest fleet on Staten Island.
Everyone knows that commercial trucks can consume tremendous quantities of fuel. To further reduce our carbon footprint, we use route efficiency measures, GPS tracking and a productive tire program.
While we've always recycled, our efforts have until recently been primarily focused on cardboard. But we are now doubling our efforts on plastic and metal collection and as a result we are progressively recycling more material every day.
To further make use of the material that enters the yard, we've begun setting aside all the solid lumber, brick, and steel that comes to us from demolition and construction sites. All of which can be re-purposed for a variety of uses.