The subsidiary of R.W. Tomlinson Group traditionally focused on residential waste collection prior to its recent acquisition of contracts from BFI Canada for an undisclosed sum.
The Competition Bureau ordered BFI to divest waste collection assets such as customer contracts, vehicles, bins and equipment in June 2010 following its merger with Waste Services Inc.
Tomlinson submitted the winning bid for the contracts and all the equipment.
"It's expanded a part of the business that we had been growing already. It gives us an opportunity to accelerate that growth," says Dale Harley, a consultant who acts as a spokesperson for Tomlinson.
Industrial waste collection represents about 70 per cent of the garbage business in Ottawa, representing the biggest market opportunity for Tomlinson, he says.
Most of its other business is on the residential side, which includes door-to-door collections in Nepean and the operation of landfill sites in Anrprior and Springhill.
But the company has been targeting commercial business of late since its integration of Goulbourn-Stittsville Sanitation, which it acquired in early 2010. Goulbourn had a strong presence on the commercial side in west Ottawa, and owned and operated a recycling facility and waste transfer station off Carp Road.