Wages at Waste Industries, which employs more than 3,000 people in Washington state, are up $11 million in the first quarter, as the state’s economy continues to recover from the Great Recession.
The increase comes as the company is expanding its recycling program and has been expanding its workforce.
The company also said it was increasing hourly pay for managers by $3.50 to $11 per hour.
Waste Industries is one of the largest recyclers in the United States and has an annual budget of $13.3 billion.
In 2016, the company’s revenue was $14.9 billion.
The Washington state average is $16.4 billion.
Waste Services Group, which also operates in the state, said that its first-quarter profits were up $2.1 million, as it expanded its recycling efforts.
Waste management services and recycling are the primary functions of Waste Industries.
The state is expected to have $8.4 million in sales tax revenue for the first three months of 2017, according to a state report.