York Region can’t afford to waste garbage, warns report

YORK, Ont. — Toronto’s long-term plan to curb landfill costs hinges on private private haulers filling garbage trucks with recyclables instead of garbage. After years of complaints from residents that the city’s landfills were…

York Region can't afford to waste garbage, warns report

YORK, Ont. — Toronto’s long-term plan to curb landfill costs hinges on private private haulers filling garbage trucks with recyclables instead of garbage.

After years of complaints from residents that the city’s landfills were overflowing, the city promised to combat the problem with the introduction of a “recyclables only” policy, introduced in 2000.

However, according to a new report from York Region, which was commissioned by the province to look into the impact of the policy on their jurisdiction, garbage is going to be cheaper than recycling.

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The report, released in December, says so far, waste collection has saved York $27 million – a figure that “does not reflect actual costs to the public or government, or profits for private operators.”

It adds that if Ontario lowers the minimum amount of garbage that a facility can handle, the policy will come under even more strain, and could throw the city and the region into the red by as much as $70 million – a figure that the report calls “conservative.”

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In August 2017, however, York Region asked the city to expedite the program, and make it more “usable,” according to a report from the city.

City staff are now completing a report, expected to be made public next year, to determine if the program is working.

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