EXHIBIT 99.1

WCA Waste Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results



 * Reports record quarterly revenue of $53.6 million, up 8.0%
 * Reports record quarterly EBITDA of $14.8 million, a 27.5% EBITDA
   margin
 * Reports record full year revenue of $208.0 million, up 12.5%
 * Reports EPS of $0.03 for the fourth quarter after excluding
   goodwill impairment charge and interest rate swap

HOUSTON, March 11, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WCA Waste Corporation (Nasdaq:WCAA) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2008, revenue increased 8.0% to $53.6 million over the $49.7 million that was reported for the same period in 2007. The Company took an after-tax non-cash charge of $27.0 million for the impairment of goodwill, resulting in a net loss available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of $30.0 million, or $1.91 per share. Excluding this charge, the non-operational impact of the interest rate swap, and a net loss on early disposition of notes receivable/payable, net income available to common stockholders was $0.5 million, or $0.03 per share. The interest rate swap expires in less than 20 months on November 1, 2010. After such day, the swap will have no impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements. Please refer to the attached tables below for reconciliation between net loss available to common stockholders and adjusted net income available to common stockholders.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, revenue increased 12.5% to $208.0 million over the $184.9 million for the same period in the prior year. Excluding the impairment of goodwill, operating income was $26.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 compared to $26.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007.

Under a previously disclosed common stock repurchase program, the Company repurchased 472,038 shares of its common stock during the fourth quarter and 1,056,014 shares in total during 2008. This plan was terminated on December 18, 2008.

Tom Fatjo, Chairman of WCA Waste Corporation, stated, "The fourth quarter revenue growth of 8.0% led to record quarterly revenue of $53.6 million. The EBITDA margin increase to 27.5% during the fourth quarter of 2008 from 23.6% in the comparable quarter of 2007 contributed to record quarterly EBITDA of $14.8 million."

WCA Waste Corporation is an integrated company engaged in the transportation, processing and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste. The Company's operations currently consist of 24 landfills, 23 transfer stations/material recovery facilities and 26 collection operations located throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "WCAA."

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RISK FACTORS AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release and other communications, such as conference calls, presentations, statements in public filings, other press releases, include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements generally include discussions and descriptions other than historical information. These statements can generally be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as "may," "will," "should," "outlook," "project," "intend," "seek," "plan," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "potential," "continue," or "opportunity," the negatives of these words, or similar words or expressions. Similarly, statements that describe our plans, objectives, goals, expectations or intentions and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. For example, descriptions of strategy are forward-looking statements, including descriptions of our acquisition strategy and the benefits of any acquisition or potential acquisition.

In other presentations and reports, we may provide "run-rate" estimates with respect to us and also separately with respect to one or more acquired businesses. Statements concerning "run-rates" are forward-looking statements, are not audited or based on GAAP and are made based on estimations from information provided to us by the acquired companies and from other sources and estimates developed by us. We determine the period over which to calculate a "run-rate" based on factors we deem to be reasonable. In computing revenue "run-rates" as of the end of any given period we generally annualize the average of monthly revenues of the companies that we acquired for the period prior to acquisition (which is the "run-rate" for the acquired businesses). Actual revenues may or may not equal the estimated "run-rate." For entities that were previously owned by us, we calculate "run-rate" based on the period that we originally owned these entities.

In addition, we provide estimates in this press release and in other presentations and reports as to the factors that impacted revenue growth. Such estimates represent our best judgment as to the revenue growth attributable from operations acquired during period described versus revenue growth attributable to other factors on a consolidated basis. For this purpose we develop estimates based comparisons of operating results for different periods, information from acquired companies, records concerning pricing in various markets and records concerning volumes at different periods, among other information. We note that, over time, acquired operations become integrated with our other operations so that revenues cannot be directly traced or sourced to any given acquisition. Customer additions and turnover, combinations of and adjustments to routes, alterations in safety and quality standards, sales and marketing for the integrated operation, and a variety of other factors influence revenues and other operating results for the combined operations.

The forward-looking statements made herein are only made as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. We caution that forward-looking statements are not guarantees, are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of WCA's management, and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Since our business, operations and strategies are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

As to acquisitions and acquisition strategies, on which our future financial performance will significantly depend, risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: we may be unable to identify, complete or integrate future acquisitions successfully; we compete for acquisition candidates with other purchasers, some of which have greater financial resources and may be able to offer more favorable terms; revenue and other synergies from acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; we may not be able to improve internalization rates by directing waste volumes from acquired businesses to our landfills for regulatory, business or other reasons; businesses that we acquire may have unknown liabilities and require unforeseen capital expenditures; changes or disruptions associated with making acquisitions may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers of the acquired businesses; in connection with financing acquisitions, we may incur additional indebtedness, or may issue additional shares of our common stock which would dilute the ownership percentage of existing stockholders; rapid growth may strain our management, operational, financial and other resources; revenue and other synergies from acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; and we may not be able to improve internalization rates by directing waste volumes from acquired businesses to our landfills for regulatory, business or other reasons.

Moreover, our results will be subject to a number of operational and other risks, including the following: we may not be successful in expanding the permitted capacity of our current or future landfills; our business is capital intensive, requiring ongoing cash outlays that may strain or consume our available capital; increases in the costs of disposal, labor and fuel could reduce operating margins; increases in costs of insurance or failure to maintain full coverage could reduce operating income; we may be unable to obtain financial assurances necessary for our operations; we are subject to environmental and safety laws, which restrict our operations and increase our costs, and may impose significant unforeseen liabilities; we compete with large companies and municipalities with greater financial and operational resources, and we also compete with alternatives to landfill disposal; covenants in our credit facilities and the instruments governing our other indebtedness may limit our ability to grow our business and make capital expenditures; changes in interest rates may affect our results of operations; a downturn in U.S. economic conditions or the economic conditions in our markets may have an adverse impact on our business and results of operations; and our success depends on key members of our senior management, the loss of any of whom could disrupt our customer and business relationships and our operations.

We describe these and other risks in greater detail in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "--- Cautionary Statement about Forward-Looking Statements" included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, to which we refer you for additional information.



 WCA --- 4th Quarter 2008 Earning Release Information

                        WCA Waste Corporation
            Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
               (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                             (Unaudited)

                                Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
                                   December 31,        December 31,
                                ------------------  ------------------
                                  2008      2007      2008      2007
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Revenue                        $ 53,644  $ 49,692  $208,009  $184,940
 Expenses:
  Cost of services                35,435    34,683   142,129   121,853
  Depreciation and amortization    7,013     6,434    27,151    24,234
  Impairment of goodwill          41,725        --    41,725        --
  General and administrative       3,373     3,330    12,335    12,768
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
                                  87,546    44,447   223,340   158,855
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Operating income (loss)         (33,902)    5,245   (15,331)   26,085
 Other income (expense):
  Interest expense, net           (4,775)   (4,415)  (18,560)  (16,765)
  Impact of interest rate swap    (5,678)   (3,094)   (7,547)   (4,442)
  Other                               43        39       (62)      387
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
                                 (10,410)   (7,470)  (26,169)  (20,820)
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Income (loss) before income
  taxes                          (44,312)   (2,225)  (41,500)    5,265
 Income tax (provision) benefit   15,305       709    13,737    (2,343)
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Net income (loss)               (29,007)   (1,516)  (27,763)    2,922
 Accrued payment-in-kind
  dividend on preferred stock     (1,035)     (984)   (4,076)   (3,876)
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Net loss available to common
  stockholders                  $(30,042) $ (2,500) $(31,839) $   (954)
                                ========  ========  ========  ========

 PER SHARE DATA (Basic and
  diluted):
 Net loss available to common
  stockholders
 -- Basic                       $  (1.91) $  (0.15) $  (1.96) $  (0.06)
                                ========  ========  ========  ========
 -- Diluted                     $  (1.91) $  (0.15) $  (1.96) $  (0.06)
                                ========  ========  ========  ========

 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES
  OUTSTANDING (Basic)             15,755    16,489    16,257    16,460
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES
  OUTSTANDING (Diluted)           15,755    16,489    16,257    16,460
                                --------  --------  --------  --------


                       Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

 Our management evaluates our performance based on non-GAAP measures,
 of which the primary performance measure is EBITDA. EBITDA consists
 of earnings (net income or loss) available to common stockholders
 before preferred stock dividend, interest expense (including
 write-off of deferred financing costs and debt discount), impact of
 interest rate swap agreements, income tax expense, depreciation and
 amortization, impairment of goodwill, and net (gain) loss on early
 disposition of notes receivable/payable. We also use these same
 measures when evaluating potential acquisition candidates.

 We believe  EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating our
 operating performance because:
 * it is widely used by investors in our industry to measure a
   company's operating performance without regard to items such as
   interest expense, depreciation and amortization, which can vary
   substantially from company to company depending upon accounting
   methods and book value of assets, financing methods, capital
   structure and the method by which assets were acquired;
 * it helps investors more meaningfully evaluate and compare the
   results of our operations from period to period by removing the
   impact of our capital structure (primarily interest charges from
   our outstanding debt and the impact of our interest rate swap
   agreements and payment-in-kind dividend) and asset base (primarily
   depreciation and amortization of our landfills and vehicles) from
   our operating results; and
 * it helps investors identify items that are within our operational
   control. Depreciation charges, while a component of operating
   income, are fixed at the time of the asset purchase in accordance
   with the depreciable lives of the related asset and as such are not
   a directly controllable period operating charge.

 Our management uses EBITDA:
 * as a measure of operating performance because it assists us in
   comparing our performance on a consistent basis as it removes the
   impact of our capital structure and asset base from our operating
   results;
 * as one method to estimate a purchase price (often expressed as a
   multiple of EBITDA) for solid waste companies we intend to acquire.
   The appropriate EBITDA multiple will vary from acquisition to
   acquisition depending on factors such as the size of the
   operation, the type of operation, the anticipated growth in the
   market, the strategic location of the operation in its market as
   well as other considerations;
 * in presentations to our board of directors to enable them to have
   the same consistent measurement basis of operating performance used
   by management;
 * as a measure for planning and forecasting overall expectations and
   for evaluating actual results against such expectations;
 * in evaluations of field operations since it represents operational
   performance and takes into account financial measures within the
   control of the field operating units;
 * as a component of incentive cash bonuses paid to our executive
   officers and other employees;
 * to assess compliance with financial ratios and covenants included
   in our credit agreements;  and
 * in communications with investors, lenders, and others concerning
   our financial performance.


 The following presents a reconciliation of net loss available to
 common stockholders to our total EBITDA (in thousands):

                                Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
                                   December 31,        December 31,
                                ------------------  ------------------
                                  2008      2007      2008      2007
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Net loss available to common
  stockholders                  $(30,042) $ (2,500) $(31,839) $   (954)
 Accrued payment-in-kind
  dividend on preferred stock      1,035       984     4,076     3,876
 Depreciation and amortization     7,013     6,434    27,151    24,234
 Impairment of goodwill           41,725        --    41,725        --
 Interest expense, net             4,775     4,415    18,560    16,765
 Impact of interest rate swap      5,678     3,094     7,547     4,442
 Net (gain) loss on early
  disposition of notes
  receivable/payable                (105)       --       221        --
 Income tax provision (benefit)  (15,305)     (709)  (13,737)    2,343
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Total EBITDA                   $ 14,774  $ 11,718  $ 53,704  $ 50,706
                                ========  ========  ========  ========
 As a percentage of revenue         27.5%     23.6%     25.8%     27.4%

 The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss available
 to common stockholders to adjusted net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders to exclude impact of interest rate swap
 agreements, impairment of goodwill, and net (gain) loss on early
 disposition of notes receivable/payable (in thousands, except per
 share amounts). Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is
 useful to an investor because the excluded items are not representative
 of our on-going operational performance. Per share information of the
 adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders is also
 shown below:

 Adjusted net income (loss)
 available to common
 stockholders to exclude impact
 of interest rate swap
 agreements, impairment of
 goodwill, net (gain) loss      Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
 on early disposition              December 31,         December 31,
 of notes                       ------------------  ------------------
 receivable/payable:             2008       2007      2008      2007
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Net loss available to common
  stockholders                  $(30,042) $ (2,500) $(31,839) $   (954)
 Impact of interest rate swap,
  net of tax                       3,589     1,869     4,744     2,723
 Impairment of goodwill, net
  of tax                          27,021        --    27,021        --
 Net (gain) loss on early
  disposition of notes
  receivable/payable,
  net of tax                         (68)       --       126        --
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Adjusted net income (loss)
  available to common
  stockholders                  $    500  $   (631) $     52  $  1,769
                                ========  ========  ========  ========

 PER SHARE DATA (Basic):
 Net loss available to common
  stockholders                  $  (1.91) $  (0.15) $  (1.96) $  (0.06)
 Impact of interest rate swap,
  net of tax                        0.23      0.11      0.29      0.17
 Impairment of goodwill, net
  of tax                            1.71        --      1.66        --
 Net (gain) loss on
  early disposition
  of notes receivable/payable,
  net of tax                       (0.00)       --      0.01        --
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Adjusted net income (loss)
  available to common
  stockholders                  $   0.03  $  (0.04) $   0.00  $   0.11
                                ========  ========  ========  ========
 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES
  OUTSTANDING (Basic)             15,755    16,489    16,257   16,460
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 PER SHARE DATA (Diluted):
 Net loss available to common
  stockholders                  $  (1.88) $  (0.15) $  (1.95) $  (0.06)
 Impact of interest rate swap,
  net of tax                        0.22      0.11      0.29      0.17
 Impairment of goodwill, net
  of tax                            1.69        --      1.65        --
 Net (gain) loss on
  early disposition
  of notes receivable/payable,
  net of tax                       (0.00)       --      0.01        --
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Adjusted net income (loss)
  available to common
  stockholders                  $   0.03  $  (0.04) $   0.00  $   0.11
                                ========  ========  ========  ========
 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES
  OUTSTANDING (Diluted)           15,980    16,489    16,331    16,522
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled
 measures employed by other companies and are not measures of
 performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. They should not be
 considered in isolation or as substitutes for operating income, net
 income or loss, cash flows provided by operating,  investing and
 financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data
 prepared in accordance with GAAP.


                     Supplemental Disclosures
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
          (Dollars in millions unless otherwise indicated)

                           Twelve Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                            December 31, 2008      December 31, 2007
                           -------------------    -------------------
 Revenue Breakdown:
  Collection               $  129.8    51.6%      $  114.2     50.5%
  Disposal                     75.5    30.0%          70.8     31.3%
  Transfer                     31.0    12.3%          31.2     13.8%
  Other                        15.4     6.1%           9.8      4.4%
                           ---------  ------      ---------   ------
   Total                      251.7   100.0%         226.0    100.0%
  Intercompany
   eliminations               (43.7)                 (41.1)
                           ---------              ---------
   Total reported
    revenue                $  208.0               $  184.9
                           =========              =========

 Internalization of
  Disposal:
 Twelve months ended
  December 31, 2008            72.5%
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

                           Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
                              December 31,            December 31,
                             2008 vs. 2007           2008 vs. 2007
                           ------------------     -------------------
 Revenue Growth:
  Volume                   $   (1.5)   -3.0%(a)   $   (5.3)    -2.9%(a)
  Price                         2.7     5.3%(a)        7.9      4.3%(a)
  Fuel surcharge                1.0     2.0%(a)        5.4      2.9%(a)
  Acquisitions                  1.8     3.7%(a)       15.1      8.2%(a)
                           ---------  ------      ---------   ------
  Total revenue growth     $    4.0     8.0%      $   23.1      12.5%
                           =========  ======      =========  ======

 (a) Percentages are calculated based on dollar amounts rounded in
     thousands.

 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                          December 31,
                                                              2008
                                                          ------------
 Debt-to-Capitalization:
  Long-term debt including current maturities               $  200.4
  Total equity including preferred stock                       139.5
                                                            ---------
   Total capitalization                                     $  339.9
                                                            =========

    Debt-to-total capitalization                                59.0%

 Net Debt-to-Capitalization:

  Long-term debt including current maturities               $  200.4
  Cash on hand                                                  (1.0)
                                                            ---------
  Net debt                                                     199.4
  Total equity including preferred stock                       139.5
                                                            ---------
   Total capitalization                                     $  338.9
                                                            =========

    Net debt-to-total capitalization                            58.8%
CONTACT:  WCA Waste Corporation
          Tommy Fatjo
          713-292-2400

The following information was filed by Wca Waste Corp (WCAA) on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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