New Garbage Collector Coming to Etobicoke

Green For Life was deemed ineligible to bid, based on their driving safety record.



It looks like trouble for the private company that picks up most of Toronto's trash.

Green For Life has been deemed ineligible to renew its contract in Etobicoke, because of a downgrade in their driving record.

The company's record was dropped in April from satisfactory to conditional.

According to the Chair of the Public Works Committee, City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, GFL was not allowed to submit a bid due to the safety downgrade.  The councillor called the move "unfortunate" given the majority of the issues experienced by the company were the result of the first couple of months of the contract.  Minnan-Wong said it was normal for a new company to experience issues when it is just getting to know the routes.

Minnan-Wong admits the contract cost has gone up by about $900,000, but says it's still worth it to deal with a private company to service this area.

The contract for Division 1, is worth $88-million.

This move does not affect the seven year contract Green For Life holds for division two, in an area west of Yonge to the Humber River.

The contract still needs to go to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee before it heads to City Council for final approval.

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  1. Jack posted on 06/11/2014 06:12 PM
    This is the beauty of privatization: When one company isn't up to snuff, you move on to employing a different one, rather than being stuck with the same lazy, unmotivated city workers for decades.
    1. tanjo posted on 06/11/2014 08:42 PM
      @Jack Well, yes you can move on. However, note that the cost has now gone up from the last bid. Also note that the GFL Service has degraded.

      It will be interesting to see how the GFL Service improves or degrades over the remainder of the existing contract, now that they have lost Etobicoke.

      It's not a success story .. yet.

      The other thing is that even thought the company changes, it is likely that workers from one company will just move to the next.
  2. JC posted on 06/12/2014 01:26 AM
    this looks like to me contracts were handed out at the city probably because they were the lowest bid and of course not enough proper oversight and checks and balances were put in order by conservative ideology of course. Cheapest the better and we'll
    Take your for it your fleet is in good running condition. now this will cost more and for sure they will keep their eyes open to what gfl does in the other area it still has.
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