Business Enraged at Toronto Proposals for Reducing Waste
Brand Name Litter by Kevin Steele
The City of Toronto is tired of landfilling and separating and recycling producer waste, so it is considering mandating discounts for customers who bring their own containers, and rules on materials to ensure that they are compatible with the City's recycling programs so that they don't go to landfill.
Not surprisingly, the Plastics Industry Council and the "Canadian Taxpayers Federation" say it will drive up the cost of food for residents, put community businesses at a disadvantage, and kill local jobs.
This is Toronto at its anti-business best," said Kevin Gaudet of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). "Many of these stores and shops are small, family-run enterprises. Together they employ a lot of people in the community. If the city goes ahead with these intrusive initiatives, there will be disinvestment and job losses in neighbourhoods across Toronto."
Cathy Cirko, Vice President of the Environment and Plastics Industry Council says:
"The better way is recycling. All the city has to do is put in the required sorting equipment and expand the blue bin program, and every bit of this material could be recycled and re-manufactured, creating green jobs right here in the province"
Well Kevin, I am a Canadian Taxpayer, and I have been paying the cost of picking up your crap and paying the cost of recycling it and probably am now paying the cost of storing it now that the market for used paper and plastic has crashed.
And Cathy, who pays for the sorting equipment and the blue bin expansion? Why is picking through garbage and shipping Tim Horton's cups to China a green job?
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