WINNIPEG – A growing number of city councillors want to hit the pause button before awarding new contracts to a pair of private waste management companies.
Winnipeg’s current contractor is Emterra and Progressive Waste Solutions, but a new report recommends the city looks elsewhere for future waste collection.
The recommendation is to use two separate companies: Miller Waste Solutions for neighbourhoods in the city’s northwest area and GFL Environmental for the southwest.
Both proposed contracts would run from October 1, 2017 until January 31, 2025.
It is not yet known if this will result in higher collection costs for Winnipeggers in 2017, but the cost of the service is more.
Currently Winnipeg spends about $18 million per year on garbage collection. Under the new proposed plan, those costs would jump to $24.8 million per year.
Transcona councillor Russ Wyatt thinks the city should look into other possibilities and timelines for the new companies involved.
The recommendation was passed onto the Mayor’s Executive Policy Committee before moving onto city council.
With files from Adrian Cheung