I know Sue-Ann Levy is too easy a target and I really should just lay off, but I will not be deterred. Here she is on privatizing garbage collection:
A few hours later, on the flight back to T.O., my seatmates happened to mention that in Florida the garbage workers take everything — and twice weekly at that — while in Toronto, one virtually has to gift-wrap the garbage before it gets picked up.
I couldn’t have said it better.
Of all the reasons to look at privatizing garbage, so we can throw more stuff away has to be the worst I’ve heard.
We should be honest about why the mayor has a mandate to privatize waste collection: it’s to punish the union after the protracted strike two years ago. This isn’t necessarily bad reasoning — I lean toward supporting the move — but don’t pretend it has anything to do with day-to-day customer service, the city’s finances or your ability to throw out bags upon bags of trash and have them picked up twice a week.