Allan Gerlat, News Editor

November 16, 2012

1 Min Read
Progressive Waste Buys Florida Hauler Choice Environmental

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. has bought Florida waste and recycling firm Choice Environmental Services Inc. from Swisher Hygiene Inc. for $123.3 million.

The Vaughan, Ontario-based Progressive said in a news release the purchase gives the company greater exposure to the Florida market. Choice, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides solid waste and recycling collection, transportation, processing and disposal services. Choice serves more than 150,000 residential and 7,500 commercial customers in southeastern, southwestern and central Florida with 320 employees and more than 150 collection vehicles.  Started in 2004, Choice operates six hauling operations, three transfer and materials recovery facilities and annually processes more than 150,000 tons of material.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Swisher Hygiene, primarily a commercial cleaning service company, reduces its debt with the sale to about $13 million. It bought Choice last year.

Progressive made the purchase through its wholly owned subsidiary, Waste Services of Florida Inc.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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