WINNIPEG – The awarding of garbage collection contracts to two new companies is one step closer to reality.
The Executive Policy Committee has approved the contracts for Miller Waste Systems and GFL Environmental. It still needs full council approval before it would take affect next fall.
But Councillor Ross Eadie doesn’t think the city is doing enough to find the best deal for taxpayers.
“What I would have liked to have seen is the City of Winnipeg actually put together a business case to demonstrate how much it would actually cost for the city to do at least one or whatever zones. But they never really did that. They did some guesstimates. We don’t know if we could have done it for a better price.”
Eadie says it’s not too late to go back to the drawing board before council votes on it October 26.
“Until council makes its final approval, it is not illegal to go back and do it right. Let’s just do it right. So for the next two weeks, we’re going to be pushing for it. There’s at least four or five votes so far, it takes nine votes to stop this.”
The proposed contracts would kick in October 1 of next year and run until 2025. It would cost the city just under $25-million a year.