On March 13, 2003, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal upheld earlier Competition Tribunal decisions requiring the divestiture of the Ridge Landfill in southern Ontario. The divestiture will address competition concerns resulting from the merger of Canadian Waste Services Inc. (CWS) and Browning Ferris Industries Ltd. in 2000.
According to Lourdes DaCosta, senior competition law officer, this decision is good news for businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and elsewhere in southern Ontario.
Under an existing Tribunal order, the Ridge Landfill will continue to be held separate from CWS operations pending its sale to a third party. It will also continue to be under the direction of an independent manager and monitor until the divestiture is complete.
In March 2001, the Competition Tribunal agreed with the Competition Bureau that CWS’s acquisition of the Ridge Landfill would harm competition for the disposal of industrial, commercial and institutional waste generated in the GTA and Chatham-Kent area. In October 2001, the Tribunal ordered CWS to sell the Ridge Landfill to remedy the competition concerns. CWS appealed both decisions in November 2001.
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