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City Council approves pilot project for in-house multi-family garbage bin collection

February 22, 2018 at 2:19 PM

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Today, Winnipeg City Council approved a motion to initiate a pilot project to have Local 500 members perform automated frontload garbage bin collection for one of the upcoming multi-family garbage collection contracts.

The pilot project would begin on February 1, 2020 and last two years.

“This is a positive step in the right direction and I’m confident we can provide a more cost effective and higher quality service than the current outsourced model,” said Local 500 President Gord Delbridge.

In 2016, Winnipeg City Council approved a recommendation to bring bulky waste collection back in-house. However, the Union and the City have agreed to put that initiative on hold until completion of the multi-family pilot project.

“Local 500 has long advocated to bring contracted out services back in-house, and as always, we are willing to collaborate on initiatives to improve efficiencies and lower costs,” said Delbridge. "At the end of the day, we know that in-house delivery will mean higher quality service for Winnipeggers, safer worker conditions and better value for taxpayers.”

The city's administrative report calls for the Winnipeg Public Service to report back to Council at the end of the two year pilot with a comparison of cost and service reliability of outsourcing or insourcing garbage collection services for multi-family dwellings. 

You can read the Public Services Administrative Report here.