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Former Rockford garbage hauler linked to Mob
According to a 1975 Rockford Police Department report, Browning Ferris Industries, the citys garbage hauler at that time was also known as Rockford Disposal Service Co.
Federal Bureau of Investigation records indicate Joseph Zito, a reputed Rockford Mafia counsuleri, was reportedly part owner of Rockford Disposal, which received a Rockford garbage collection and disposal contract in 1956 despite two other bidders that were lower for the service.
State records indicate Rockford Disposal changed its name to Laidlaw Waste Systems (Illinois) Inc., on March 25, 1982.
When Zito died in 1981, an FBI surveillance photo shows Zitos funeral was attended by Chicago Mafia boss Joseph Aiuppa, Joseph Zammuto, head of the Rockford Mob, and Frank J. Buscemi, who took control from Zammuto after his retirement, according to a March 4, 1984, Rockford Register Star article.