GFL Environmental sale causes communication issues with local government officials – Macomb Daily

Eastpointe, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights are among the Macomb County communities that have already awarded Priority Waste waste hauling contracts. this week. (PHOTO WITH PRIORITY WASTE)

An abrupt sale of waste collection services in the Detroit metro area has some Macomb County government leaders saying they were unaware of the pending transaction.

Clinton Township-based Prior Waste plans to purchase GFL Environmental residential waste collection services. The move, expected to be completed by June 30, will impact approximately 700,000 residents in southeastern Michigan.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

In a May 29 letter to employees that was leaked online, GFL said the sale includes the transfer of contracts with 75 municipalities, as well as 70,000 homeowner associations and residential subscription customers in Oakland, Washtenaw, Livingston, Macomb, Genesee and Wayne counties.

Priority Waste spokesman Matt Allen said the announcement was made last week to employees of both companies and to media covering the Mackinac Policy Conference before it was released to media in the Detroit area.

If approved, Priority Waste would become the largest waste hauler in the state.