Verspeeten Cartage secures deal to haul Toronto garbage

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TORONTO, Ont. The City of Toronto seems to have found a solution to its garbage woes at least for now.

Verspeeten Cartage, of Ingersoll, Ont., has secured the contract to haul Toronto’s trash to Michigan after Wilson Logistics Ltd., of Etobicoke, Ont., bailed out of its 20-year deal earlier this month.

Ron Verspeeten of Verspeeten Cartage said more than 100 truckers will be hired, some of whom will likely lose their current jobs after Wilson hauls its last load on March 31.

But Councillor Mike Del Grande, who sits on city council’s works committee, called the new contract a “band-aid solution,” and criticized Mayor David Miller for not coming to grips with Toronto’s long-term garbage problems. The possibility of having an incinerator for the city is still in the lobbying process.

Wilson got out of its contract after transportation costs for the company had soared almost $4 million annually. The company argued that delays at the Canada-U.S. border post-9/11 had added to rising costs.

Wilson began hauling Toronto’s trash to Michigan after the city closed the Keele Valley dump in 2002.

Verspeeten wouldn’t say whether his company will be paid more than the $33 to $35 per tonne paid to Wilson. He also wouldn’t disclose the length of the contract, but said he was pleased the news.

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