The Globe has an article on the benefits, and detriments, that privatized garbage may bring to Weston.
Those of us who are new to town may not know that garbage pickup was privately provided here for many years. It was only brought into the same collection service as the rest of the city in 2007. And, if Rob Ford gets his way, it may be privatized again: Ford would like to privatize garbage collection west of Yonge.
According to the article:
In 2006, the last full year that Turtle Island Recycling, Inc. provided the service in her ward, Ms. Nunziata’s office logged just seven complaints. In 2007, when CUPE Local 416 workers took over in August, the figure increased from nine in the first half of the year to 27 in the second half. Since then, the number of complaints has grown to 49 in 2008, 56 in 2009 and 57 in 2010.
“I use to receive calls from constituents about how courteous the [private collectors] were,” said Ms. Nunziata, who represents Ward 11 (York South-Weston). “Now I get complaints that they [city workers] are emptying the garbage and just throwing their garbage can in the middle of the street.”
While Nunziata’s office received many more complaints, the 311 service has logged fewer complaints than in Etobicoke, which has privatized service:
The Globe, meanwhile, found that from Oct. 7 to Nov. 7, 2010, the number of calls to 311 for “missed” residential garbage pickup in the daytime was 107 for York and 510 for Etobicoke. That’s 0.16 per cent of households in York compared with 0.41 per cent for privately serviced Etobicoke.