TEA is committed to fighting for diversion and waste reduction across Toronto. We will work to protect the great diversion programs we've fought for over the last ten years. TEA is concerned that privatizing waste services reduces local control and puts our valuable waste diversion programs at risk.
Update: On October 24th, City Council voted to accept the bid from GFL (Green For Life) to collect waste in half of the City. The good news is that a number of motions demanding strict reporting were passed, ensuring that we'll have plenty of information to follow in the coming years to ensure that service quality or environmental standards don't decrease! Click here to read more.
Next steps: In the first quarter of 2012, staff will be outlining the structure used to oversee the contract, its associated costs, and performance targets. Any failure to meet these targets will be immediately reported to Public Works Committee.
TEA will continue to follow the progress of this issue and keep you informed.
- This report outlines our key concerns about risks to diversion programs and the
need for transparency. The report includes a number of examples from Toronto and other cities
where waste diversion services were compromised due to problems with
contract language, and monitoring and enforcement
See TEA's media coverage on our TEA In The News page.
24 October 2011 - Council votes to accept bid from GFL for waste collection west of Yonge Street. A number of motions for strict reporting are passed.
19 October 2011 - Staff recommend that Council award the waste contract to GFL.
Media Release: Waste Contract Puts Environment at Risk - 21 October 2011
17 May 2011 - Council votes to seek private bids for waste collection in
half the City. Council overwhelmingly rejected the proposal to allow
staff to make the final decision, and voted in favour of the
26 April 2011 - Public Works and Infrastructure Committee approve staff proposal to seek private bids for curbside collection west of Yonge Street.