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Old Feb 1st 2012, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Garbage disposal: a social issue

Originally Posted by Americano View Post
In my area disposal (all privately owned under contract to municipalities) offers one container for garbage and and another for recyclable glass, plastic, aluminum and approved paper. Recyclables are machine sorted. Driving down a city street on pickup day it looks like 25% of the residences have the recyclable materials container out for pickup.
Compliance rates up here in Toronto's suburbs look much closer to 80-90% judging by the number of recyclable material containers out there.

And yes, almost all garbage and recycling services are contracted out by the local municipality to private contractors. There is always a huge difference in services between those localities that use private contractors and those that use traditionally unionized municipal workers. Thankfully, most of Toronto falls under the private contractor part where service is much better, more efficient and cheaper by every measure (and no semi-annual garbage strikes in the summer as is common with the unionized workers - ironically striking in order to 'protect' their jobs - apparently oblivious to the fact that it is their striking that justifies using private contractors! ).
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