Committee moves to private waste collection
On April 26th, Toronto's Public Works & Infrastructure Committee voted 4-2 to seek bids for private waste collection in the western half of the City. They also approved staff recommendations to bypass a final Council decision on the issue, contrary to the City's own purchasing laws.
Our Executive Director, Franz Hartmann, and Waste Campaigner, Emily Alfred made deputations to the Committee, cautioning against making quick decisions that will affect our waste diversion services without complete information.
Emily has been researching the issue for the past few months and has found that there are a number of examples where private waste contracts have harmed waste diversion, or penalized cities that introduce new diversion programs. Emily cited the example of York Region, where 4000 tonnes of recyclables went to landfill in 2009 because of ongoing problems with a private contractor.
TEA will be working to mobilize our members and talk with Councillors about the issues before the final Council vote on May 17/18.
Highland Creek Incinerator
TEA will continue to work with Councillors and community residents prior to the Council vote on the issue in May to demand a safer and more sustainable biosolids plan to protect our health and the environment.
The TEA team
City Community Environment Days
Attend the Environment Day! These events are a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, and
talk with your Councillor about your environmental concerns in Toronto!
Visit TTCriders at ttcriders.ca for more information and a list of affected bus routes.