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                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) April 23, 1998

                          Allied Waste Industries, Inc.
               (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

                 (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

             0-19285                           88-0228636
        (Commission File Number)      (IRS Employer Identification No.)

15880 North Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 100
           Scottsdale, Arizona                                 85260
     (Address of principal executive offices)                (Zip Code)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code (602) 423-2946

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

        The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.



Item 5.           Other Events

On April 23, 1998,  Allied Waste  Industries,  Inc.  announced  that it signed a
definitive   merger  agreement  with  the  Rabanco  Companies   ("Rabanco"),   a
Seattle-based   company  which  provides  solid  waste  collection,   recycling,
transportation and disposal services in the Pacific  Northwest.  The transaction
will be  accounted  for using  the  pooling  of  interests  method  of  business

Rabanco generates  approximately  $175 million in revenue,  making it the fourth
largest  private  solid waste  company in the United  States.  Rabanco  operates
approximately  160  collection  routes,  3  transfer   stations,   an  extensive
intermodal rail transportation system and a major regional landfill.

The  completion  of this  transaction  is expected to occur on or before May 31,
1998, and is subject to normal government and regulatory approvals.

     Certain matters  discussed in this report on Form 8-K are  "forward-looking
statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability  established
by the Private Securities  Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These  forward-looking
statements  can  generally  be  identified  as such  because  the context of the
statement  will  include  words such as the company  "believes",  "anticipates",
"expects" or words of similar  import.  Similarly,  statements that describe the
company's future plans, objectives or goals are also forward looking statements.
Such forward- looking  statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties
which could  cause  actual  results to differ  materially  from those  currently
anticipated,  including,  without limitation,  the ability of Allied to continue
its vertical  integration  business strategy in a successful manner, the ability
of Allied to  successfully  pursue an  aggressive  market  development  program,
including  growth  opportunities  in the  northwest,  the  ability  of Allied to
successfully  integrate  the  acquired  operations,  and  whether  and  when the
transaction  will be  accretive  to Allied's  earnings.  A  description  of such
forward-looking  statements can be found in the company's periodic reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Shareholders,  potential investors
and other readers are urged to consider  these  factors  carefully in evaluating
the forward-looking  statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
such forward-looking statements. The forward- looking statements made herein are
only made as of the date of this report and the company undertakes no obligation
to publicly update such forward-looking  statements to reflect subsequent events
or circumstances.



         Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange act of 1934,
the Registrant,  Allied Waste Industries, Inc. has duly caused this report to be
signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                  ALLIED WASTE INDUSTRIES, INC.

                                   /s/ James S. Eng
                                       James S. Eng
                                       Corporate Controller

DATE: May 18, 1998


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