Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 13, 2020
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Delaware 000-23211 03-0338873
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
 (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

25 Greens Hill Lane,
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (802775-0325
Not applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading
Name of each exchange
on which registered
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per shareCWSTThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
(Nasdaq Global Select Market)
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Item 5.02    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On October 13, 2020, David L. Schmitt, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), informed the Company that he will retire from the Company effective December 31, 2020 (the “Effective Date”). Shelley Sayward, the Company’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, will be appointed to the position of Vice President and General Counsel upon Mr. Schmitt’s retirement.
In connection with his retirement, Mr. Schmitt will receive the following severance benefits: (1) payment of an amount equal to (a) the sum of (i) the highest annual base salary paid to him at any time prior to the Effective Date and (ii) his target annual cash incentive compensation opportunity under the Company’s Non-Equity Incentive Plan for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 and (b) any accrued but unpaid or unused, as applicable, base salary, bonus and vacation; (2) continued participation in the Company’s group medical, dental, disability and life insurance coverages for a period of one year following the Effective Date; (3) accelerated vesting of all outstanding restricted stock unit awards held by Mr. Schmitt as of the Effective Date; and (4) continued vesting of all outstanding performance stock unit awards held by Mr. Schmitt as of the Effective Date as if Mr. Schmitt had remained employed at the Company through the end of the applicable performance period.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: October 14, 2020 By: /s/ Edmond R. Coletta
  Edmond R. Coletta
  Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer