Today’s Canada ’s Pundit highlights an investigative investigation by the Toronto Star ’s Jane Taber into wasteful spending and waste in the Toronto Transit Commission ’s (TTC) rapid transit system.
According to the investigative story, private trash haulers were supposed to save tax payers millions, but neither they nor the TTC has done so.
By 2016, the TTC planned to “save $5 million over three years by switching over to on-demand ‘nudged’ garbage collection.” According to the investigative report, the two companies that became the TTC’s controversial “private storage companies”, T2 and Zero Distilling, were billed $60 million in three years, but were successful in only delivering an additional 12,000 kilograms of waste a year.
It costs an average of one-third of a million dollars per million pounds of trash collected by private storage companies. The average figure would equate to $2 million in waste per year. Each collection would cost about $70,000 for the cost of the bin.
According to the investigation report, the TTC has said that “all the energy will be generated by landfills, and the waste will never be taken out of the city.”
The city is also building a new $133 million composting facility near Highway 401, which would greatly increase the amount of compost generated each year. It’s worth noting that the exact figure is not known as it’s “still under study” and “no construction timeframe has been given.”
The investigation also says there was no technology with the new billing companies, so “billings are directly reliant on information from the City of Toronto.”
Last August, an investigative report by the CBC examined some of the charges being made by the companies to the city for food waste and found that the fees were grossly excessive.
“It’s not a surprise to see that we found a number of things like this,” John Magill, the city’s chief financial officer said. “We expect a better rate of performance.”
The investigation into the wasteful spending continues today. The Toronto Star ’s Michelle Siu has a report today on the numerous problems the TTC has encountered with the privatization of garbage collection.
A valid question is why the city should bother with private trash companies. The TTC staff report has been incomplete and flawed. But the problem is not only with the way the fees are being charged.
Today’s Canada’s Pundit highlights the troubling trend of excessive and questionable spending at the TTC.