Toronto’s momentum towards privatizing curbside waste pickup has again been placed on hold, this time for more than a year, until early 2017.
According to city staff, Toronto wants to wait until after contract negotiations are completed with CUPE Local 416, which represents solid waste workers east of Yonge, where municipal workers still operate.
In July, the Toronto Star released an analysis of 311 call complaints from local residents, comparing the satisfaction of east vs. west-enders. The result? Since GFL took on west end curbside waste collection in 2012, complaints in the west end dropped 10 per cent. Complaints in the east end of the city, which receives municil collection, jumped 29 per cent.
The following is a recent statement from CUPE, issued prior to the recent debate deferral:
We can’t afford to give the private sector complete control of this vital service. We need to keep corporations in check by maintaining control of the rest of Toronto’s publicly-delivered solid waste services.
A key City of Toronto committee is about to decide whether to fully privatize the city’s garbage, recycling and organics collection. On September 22, the committee will decide whether to contract out garbage collection east of Yonge Street. People living west of Yonge Street already have their garbage collected by private companies.
Since privatization, complaints have increased dramatically, and the true costs have not been properly assessed. The public sector track record shows City of Toronto waste collection is better, faster and more accountable.
Tell your councillor and Mayor John Tory to keep Toronto’s solid waste collection public.
Let’s work together to keep Toronto’s solid waste services public.