Garbage costs could rise as city considers short-term contracts while waiting for provincial direction

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 10, 2019

Ottawa homeowners are poised to pay more for garbage collection for at least the next three years as city hall waits for the province to set policies which will likely impact municipal trash management.

The City of Ottawa’s garbage collection contracts expire on May 31, 2020, and it has to decide now what it wants to do about new contracts.

Public works staff have laid out their recommendation in a report to council’s environment committee, telling councillors they should sign new three-year contracts with the existing service providers, rather than put the contracts up for competition or inking longer deals that could be cheaper for taxpayers.

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