What’s wrong with private collection? What’s at risk?


Waste collection is an essential environmental service that every resident interacts with daily. How we handle our waste, how much we divert and where our waste goes is important to ensuring that Toronto is a green city.

It is clear that strict monitoring of contracted work is necessary to ensure that recyclables or organics don't get taken to landfills by private collectors (as they did in Toronto in 2009, and York Region in 2010-11).

See our reports on privatization: Protecting Scarborough's Success: How Contracting Out Could Harm Scarborough's Waste Diversion Performance and Look Before You Leap: An Environmental Perspective on Privatizing Waste Collection in Toronto for more information.