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In garbage collection, competition is rarely wasted (Geoff Robins for The Globe and Mail)
In garbage collection, competition is rarely wasted (Geoff Robins for The Globe and Mail)

Torontonians in favour of privatized garbage collection, poll shows Add to ...

On the eve of a council meeting that will decide the fate of public garbage collection in much of Toronto, a poll commissioned by the Ontario Waste Management Association shows 60 per cent of Torontonians supports contracting out trash service in the city.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that three in five Torontonians agree "strongly" or "somewhat" with the motion going before city council tomorrow.

In a debate that will probably drag the meeting into the late evening hours, council will vote whether to contract out trash collection between Yonge St. and the Etobicoke border along with garbage pick-up in parks and some litter vacuuming operations.

The privatization move would put 300 temporary garbage workers out of a job.

The poll also found that 30 per cent of the 500 Torontonians polled "strongly" or "somewhat" disagreed with the privatization plan. Around 8 per cent of respondents were undecided.

Etobicoke residents, who have had privatized garbage service for 16 years, were most likely to endorse the plan, with three-quarters of them supporting the motion.

The Ontario Waste Management Association lobbies on behalf of 300 private sector trash companies.

The Ipsos poll is accurate within 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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