Public municipal solid waste services are fundamental to the quality of life in our communities. How we collect and dispose of our garbage and recycling is essential to our health, our environmental future and the appearance of our cities and towns.
Landfills are reaching the end of their lifespan, and carry a high financial and environmental price. Extended producer responsibility legislation and a decline in the market price of recyclables add to the pressure on municipalities struggling to deliver high-quality, affordable public services.
In order to meet these challenges, it is vital that municipalities retain accountability, flexibility and control when it comes to their solid waste services. Publicly-delivered services are efficient, committed to service and environmental sustainability, and accountable to the public.
Read the full story here from the Canadian Union of Public Employees, March 27, 2015