Toronto City Hall is debating the idea of expanding private waste collection, a move that some councillors say will capitalize on the $11 million saved since phase one of the city’s waste privatization began in 2011.
Green For Life (GFL), a private company, won the Toronto contract to undertake waste collection west of Yonge Street. Now, mayoral candidate and City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong wants to expand collection east of Yonge in the hopes of more savings.
The discussion at city hall comes on the heels of an annual report on the overall performance of GFL.
Privatization of waste collection was a central part of Mayor Rob Ford’s 2010 mayoral election campaign, following a controversial garbage strike a year earlier. He has consistently said the outsourcing of waste collection east of Yonge St. will be a central part of his 2014 platform.
“We got to move on this and this will become an election issue,” Ford told reporters at city hall on December 16, 2013.
The union representing municipal waste collection employees says it will combat the push to contract out during the 2014 municipal election.