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WESTERN WASTE REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Waste Industries (NYSE: WW) today announced that revenue for the first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 1993, increased to $62,911,000 from $58,138,000 in the prior year. Net income was $2,975,000, or $.21 per primary share, compared with $2,366,000, or $.17 per primary share, for the same quarter a year ago.
 Effective July 1, 1993, Western Waste adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 109, which changes the method of accounting for income taxes. As a result, the company recorded a one- time gain which increased net income by $414,000, or $.03 per share, in the current-year period.
 "Our bottom line has shown some improvement and we are working to continue this trend," stated Kosti Shirvanian, president and chief executive officer. "Our financial advisor, Salomon Brothers, is conducting its strategic analysis of the company. We will have more details to report in the weeks ahead."
 Western Waste Industries is an integrated solid waste service company, providing collection, recycling, composting and disposal for commercial, industrial and residential customers. The company has operations in California, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana and Colorado.
 WESTERN WASTE INDUSTRIES
 Consolidated Statement of Operations
 (In thousands except per share data)
 Three Months Ended
 Sept. 30,
 (Unaudited)
 1993 1992
 Revenue $62,911 $58,138
 Costs and Expenses:
 Operating 48,067 44,481
 Selling, general and administrative 9,643 8,826
 Total costs and expenses 57,710 53,307
 Income from operations 5,201 4,831
 Non-operating income (expense)
 Interest expense (890) (889)
 Other 189 68
 Total (701) (821)
 Income before income taxes and
 cumulative effect of
 accounting change 4,500 4,010
 Income taxes 1,939 1,644
 Income before cumulative effect of
 accounting change 2,561 2,366
 Cumulative effect of accounting change 414 0
 Net income $2,975 $2,366
 Earnings per common share:
 Primary $.21 $.17
 Fully diluted $.20 $.17
 Average number of shares outstanding:
 Primary 14,406 13,860
 Fully diluted 14,843 13,860
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 /CONTACT: Richard F. Widrig of Western Waste Industries, 310-222-8723; or Craig A. Parsons of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300/
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