This vital public service is far less expensive in Toronto than in neighbouring communities that use private collection. In 2009, the City of Toronto spent an average of $72.22 per tonne for solid waste collected. Durham Region, with mostly private collection, paid $85.74, while in Halton Region, where all collection is private, residents paid $86.79. Peel Region paid $106.79 per tonne and Vaughan paid a whopping $168.40 per tonne – both use private collectors.
If Toronto goes the route of our neighbours with private waste collection, the costs of waste pickup may increase here by 20 per cent, 48 per cent or 133 per cent – or by an additional $6 million to $42 million per year.