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Toronto's Efforts to Privatize Garbage Collection Delayed

Toronto is one of a handful of major North American cities currently considering privatization of its waste and recycling operations. But that process has hit a snag and a decision may be pushed back to the fall. 

According to the Toronto Sun:

City officials told the Toronto Sun this week that the report — originally due to come back to the public works committee in April — now won’t be delivered until September.

“Given the many competing priorities that we currently have, it was determined that it would be best to bring forward the report in the fall,” city spokesman Pat Barrett told the Sun.

Right now, half of the city’s waste collection is contracted out. Mayor John Tory swept into office on a promise to contract out garbage pick-up across the rest of the city — the area east of Yonge St. is currently collected by unionized City of Toronto employees.

The public works committee approved in January an expanded study of contracting out trash collection in the east end of the city. At the time, the committee asked for that report to come back in April.

The city's proposed budget also calls for a steep jump in garbage rates.  

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