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Privatized trash pick-up hits a snag in Etobicoke
A private contractor has been picking up Etobicoke's trash for 6 years but that deal may not be extended
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Green for Life has been collecting trash in Etobicoke long before it won a contract to service communities west of Yonge Street. (file photo)
Photo: CTV News

The merits of privatized garbage collection in the old city of Etobicoke is up for discussion at Toronto City Council.

There's a problem with Green for Life, the city's private-sector hauler, in the west end.   

It's been operating in Etobicoke for 6 years and that contract ends in June of next year.

The deal may not be extended.  

The city has the sole option to renew the deal with the same price tag for 2 years beyond that but city staff recommends against that.

Councillor Mike Layton brought this up after hearing about complaints from residents that their garbage wasn't being picked up on time and on ocassion, not at all.

"Garbage not getting picked up is one thing but at the heart of these complaints are trucks that aren't getting serviced as they should," says Layton, who joined NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire on Monday night.

Green for Life may still be able to get a new contract for Etobicoke; one with enough money in it to be able to afford to buy the new trucks needed to automate green bin collection and vehicles that don't need to be serviced as often.

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Green for Life has been collecting trash in Etobicoke long before it won a contract to service communities west of Yonge Street. (file photo)
Photo: CTV News

The merits of privatized garbage collection in the old city of Etobicoke is up for discussion at Toronto City Council.

There's a problem with Green for Life, the city's private-sector hauler, in the west end.   

It's been operating in Etobicoke for 6 years and that contract ends in June of next year.

The deal may not be extended.  

The city has the sole option to renew the deal with the same price tag for 2 years beyond that but city staff recommends against that.

Councillor Mike Layton brought this up after hearing about complaints from residents that their garbage wasn't being picked up on time and on ocassion, not at all.

"Garbage not getting picked up is one thing but at the heart of these complaints are trucks that aren't getting serviced as they should," says Layton, who joined NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire on Monday night.

Green for Life may still be able to get a new contract for Etobicoke; one with enough money in it to be able to afford to buy the new trucks needed to automate green bin collection and vehicles that don't need to be serviced as often.

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