Mayor Rob Ford is taking a step to make privatizing waste collection across the city a 2014 election issue.
In a press conference this afternoon with public works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong, the mayor announced he will move a motion at council this week asking staff to report back on contracting out waste collection east of Yonge St.
The mayor says he wants it to come back to council by January 2015, not long after voters head to the polls.
"This will become an election issue," mayor Ford said.
"For as long as I am mayor, Toronto will not have to worry about another costly and obstructive labour strike of any kind, including that terrible garbage strike that we all had to suffer [in 2009]," he said in a statement.
Waste collection west of Yonge St was contracted out in 2011, after the mayor campaigned on the issue in 2010.
Councillor Minnan-Wong says the contract is saving the city $11-million a year.
He wants to move his own motion to have staff prepare a report next spring, well before the election.
"I don't want to wait until January 2015," Minnan-Wong says. "We've got enough data. We know what the issues are. We need to move forward."
Meanwhile, the union representing the garbage collectors east of Yonge, says this sounds more and more like campaigning.
Vice President of CUPE local 416, Dave Hewitt says they have been working on finding ways to save money, and believe they've saved taxpayers about a million dollars a year.
"Changing shifts, re-routing and different increments of when a new employee is hired and so on."said Hewitt when asked how they saved money.
He says he figured something like this would come up, but he thought it wouldn't be until the new year.