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Public waste collection outperforms private in Ottawa

Downtown service saves millions, gets fewer complaints.

McRae to private sector: Take advice from meeting today and look at what the numbers look like.Ottawa, ON (February 8, 2011): Accounting firm Ernst & Young audited the City of Ottawa's downtown garbage collection program and confirmed the city's recent statements that unionized waste collectors have delivered services more efficiently than previous contractors and have received fewer complaints in the process.

"We've shown today that there are millions of dollars in savings over the private sector," said Local 503 president Brian Madden.

Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the environment committee, said of the private sector, "Maybe they can take some advice from today's meeting and have a look at what the numbers look like."

"The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million over four years by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core. The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city's largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa's downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less moneyÂ…"

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Posted: February 09, 2011

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