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John Tory is looking to privatize garbage collection in Toronto's east end

DH Toronto Staff Jan 10, 2017 11:57 pm

John Tory supports privatized garbage collection.

The Toronto Mayor discussed the future of waste collection in the city’s east end at a press conference on Wednesday morning, and stated that the move to accept private bids is more about saving money.

“Torontonians expect reliable & problem free services. Contracting out garbage has worked well & can save the City millions of dollars,” Tory tweeted after the press conference. “This is not about ideology. It’s about value for money. It’s about delivering good services at the most affordable price.”

According to a City report, regarding the privatization, “a managed competition process provides a consistent, fair and transparent approach when comparing in-house and external service delivery costs.”

Although the privatized garbage collection is meant to save money over time, the report outlines an estimated one-time cost of about $500,000 to manage competition procurement. The cost is accounted for in the 2017 Solid Waste Management Services budget.

The proposed change for the East end will be considered by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on January 18. It will then be considered by City Council on January 31.

Tory showed his support in a series of tweets following his initial announcement.

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