Toronto City Council votes to privatize trash collection on nothing more than assurances of savings
Privatization a controversial, unproven 'solution' to 'manufactured' garbage crisis.
TORONTO, ON, October 27, 2011: In InsideToronto, Joe Cooper takes issue with Rob Ford's assurances about privatizing trash collection without providing any hard facts. Citing examples of both success and failure, Cooper laments that council made a decision that will ultimately harm taxpayers.
"Garbage disposal in urban centres has been a point of controversy in Western society since ancient Greece set up the first known municipal land-fill site in Athens around 500 BC.
Just over a decade ago Metro Toronto was a world-class manager of municipal garbage, and was looked upon as a model for other cities.
We had a municipally owned landfill site at Keel Valley in Maple that was making money, produced electrical power cheaply for 20,000 homes, and was cited as a world class model for greenhouse gas reduction at the Kyoto conference..."
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Posted: November 02, 2011
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