After a 16-day municipal strike the Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation on July 11, 2002 for City of Toronto waste services workers and others. City services are expected to return to normal levels over the coming days and weeks. As staff return to their regular duties, the cleanup of rotting waste heaps across the city begins.
Curbside residential collection of waste and recyclables resume on the first regularly scheduled pick-up date beginning the week of July 15. However, the city has advised that due to the high volume of recyclables expected collection crews may fall behind in their collection schedule. Residents are asked to leave their recycling at the curb if it does not get picked up on their usual day. No yard waste pick-up will not yet take place in Toronto, except in Etobicoke and York. Etobicoke and York residents will receive yard waste collection as specified in their existing collection calendar. Yard waste collection in the rest of the city will begin at a later date.
The city continues its examination of whether to privatize residential waste management. According to Angelous Bacopoulos, Toronto’s general manager of solid waste management, the initial results of a comparison between private and public services (which began last winter) should be available in about four months.
Waste management is the most heavily privatized of all municipal services in Canada. According to recent data, private contractors conduct about 75 per cent of services.
See the October/November edition of the magazine for more in-depth coverage of the waste services strike, implications of the strike, and helpful coping tips for other municipalities that may experience a similar situation.
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