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Although Toronto now is one big city, not all its former components are using public employees to collect garbage. In the former cities of York and Etobicoke, CUPE 416’s battle to de-privatize garbage and recycling services continues.

In early March, Toronto city council’s works committee postponed a review of a report on waste collection. The move has left many wondering if a decision on the larger issue could be delayed until after this fall’s Ontario municipal elections.

The private contract in York expires in 2007, while Etobicoke’s ends in 2008.

Discussions are underway and while they are difficult, CUPE remains convinced that we will be able to show that in-sourcing is the better way to go with curb-side waste collection,” CUPE national representative Brian Blakeley said.