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Agreement Reached to Preserve Competition for Waste Disposal Services in Western Quebec

Agreement Reached to Preserve Competition for Waste Disposal Services in 
Western Quebec 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- The Competition Bureau
announced today that it has reached an agreement with WM Quebec Inc.
(WMQ), the Quebec operating subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc.,
that preserves competition for solid non-hazardous waste disposal in
Western Quebec. 
Following an extensive review, the Bureau determined that the
proposed acquisition of the assets of RCI Environnement Inc. (RCI) by
WMQ would result in a substantial lessening or prevention of
competition for waste disposal services in the following areas in
Western Quebec: Argenteuil, Gatineau, La Riviere-du-Nord, La
Vallee-de-la-Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais, Les Laurentides,
Les Pays-d'en-Haut, Papineau, and Pontiac. The Consent Agreement
announced today resolves the Bureau's competition concerns. 
"I am satisfied that WMQ has agreed to the necessary steps to address
the competition concerns identified by the Bureau," said John Pecman,
Interim Commissioner of Competition. "A monopoly in waste disposal
services would have resulted in higher prices for customers,
including municipalities and businesses, while also restricting the
ability of rival waste collection companies to compete in these
markets." 
Under the Consent Agreement registered with the Competition Tribunal
today, WMQ is required to sell the right to dispose of up to 1.875
million tonnes of waste over 20 years at the landfill in Lachute, Que
bec. The sale will preserve competition in the areas above by
ensuring that the buyer will have access to sufficient landfill
capacity to effectively compete for business in those areas. The
Bureau will appoint an independent monitor to ensure that WMQ
complies with the terms of the Consent Agreement. 
WMQ and RCI also provide solid non-hazardous waste collection,
transferring, and disposal services, as well as sorting of recyclable
material, in other parts of Quebec. The Competition Bureau determined
that the proposed acquisition of RCI by WMQ would not result in a
substantial lessening or prevention of competition in these other
areas due to the presence of effective competitive alternatives,
among other factors. 
A copy of the Consent Agreement will be available shortly on the
Competition Tribunal website, at www.ct-tc.gc.ca. 
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency,
ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a
competitive and innovative marketplace. 
Enquiry / Complaint Form
Contacts:
For media enquiries, please contact:
Media Relations
819-994-5945
media@cb-bc.gc.ca 
For general enquiries, please contact:
Information Centre - Competition Bureau
819-997-4282
Toll free: 1-800-348-5358
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-800-642-3844
www.competitionbureau.gc.ca
 
 
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