Verspeeten Cartage Ltd. set its sights on a contract for something
Verspeeten recently landed a $4.2 million annual contract with the city
of Toronto to haul trash generated by Canada’s largest city to landfills in the
state of Michigan.
More than 100 drivers, many of whom hauled trash for the former
contract holder, Wilson Logistics, are on board for the “seamless” transition
that is scheduled for March 31.
Wilson backed out of the former contract, citing
concerns about hours of service and a lack of profitability. The company had
asked the city of Toronto for more compensation, but the two parties failed to
Verspeeten, based in Ingersoll, Ontario, is considered the 30th largest
for-hire trucking firm in Canada. The company takes over the 20-year contract
that amounts to about $60 per ton. Wilson’s contract was for $55 per ton.
Trash disposal is always about “not in my backyard.” The city of Toronto reportedly sends 1.3 million tons of its trash to the Great Lake State each year, something that angers some Michigan lawmakers.
Michigan Democrats have tried to block the trash import through
legislation, but so far, that type of legislation has met Republican
Trash, however unattractive, is a revenue generator for someone’s
backyard. Not only that, but NAFTA trade rules also prohibit an outright ban on
the import of trash. Lawmakers can, however, regulate certain aspects of the
Toronto has also invested some money in a “tipper” that
would help the city deal with more trash locally if the Michigan deal is ever