GFL Environmental has acquired Bunn Box, a hauler and transfer station operator based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A GFL representative confirmed the deal closed recently.
Bunn Box services numerous markets in Indiana as well as portions of northwestern Ohio. The company offers a range of waste and recycling collection services via roll-off units and various sizes of commercial containers. As of 2016, the company had an estimated 70-plus trucks in its fleet, according to the Waynedale News, and its website references “thousands of red Bunn Box waste containers.”
Bunn Box operates a transfer station and recycling facility in Fort Wayne. That site opened in 2016 with the ability to recover categories such as concrete, metal and wood, according to Inside Indiana Business. The transfer station also offers waste and recycling drop-off service for area residents.
The company was owned by Bart Bunn, according to its website, and was previously affiliated with the Bunn family’s trucking and construction business.
This deal is one of multiple expansions by GFL in the Indiana market this year. The company took over Fort Wayne’s residential collection contract in July following the bankruptcy of prior hauler Red River Waste Solutions. Since then the company has acquired regional haulers Strouse Roll-Off and Whitley Environmental. In 2020, GFL acquired a transfer station in Fort Wayne and the region’s Hoosier Landfill as part of a multistate divestiture package in the WM-Advanced Disposal Services transaction.
The Indianapolis market also saw a significant change this year when WM acquired Ray’s Trash Service, the largest private hauler in the area, in September.
Across North America, GFL has been more active with tuck-in acquisitions in its existing footprint this year than it has been with the types of larger deals the company had done in prior years. It reported spending $1.07 billion (Canadian) on acquisitions, net of cash acquired, through the third quarter.