One of the Broome County trash haulers cited for rigging bids and fixing prices has issued a statement pledging "it will not happen again."

Taylor Garbage Service of Vestal released an apology Tuesday, the day after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed the illegal collusion with a competitor.

Bert Adams Disposal of Chenango Bridge and people associated with the company were ordered to pay $1 million in criminal penalties in the case. Taylor Garbage and its president must pay $550,000 in penalties.

State investigators concluded the companies routinely agreed which one would win a contract by deliberately inflating bids and quotes to prospective customers. The scheme is said to have continued until May 2016.

The statement from Taylor Garbage Service described the activity as "a regrettable mistake" for which "we sincerely ask for your forgiveness." The company said its looks forward "to restoring the trust you have placed in us."

Bert Adams Disposal officials did not respond to requests for comment on Monday and Tuesday

Bert Adams Disposal officials have not commented on their company's involvement in a price-fixing scheme. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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