Etobicoke Garbage Strife - The Intrepid

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Etobicoke Garbage Strife

Garbage Strike Toronto Royal York Station
Entrance to Royal York Station, on Royal York Road.

The city workers' strike is now in its sixteen day, with no end in sight. Yesterday, we took a walk along Bloor Street West (between Old Mill Station and Islington Avenue) to see how Etobicoke—the only part of the city with private residential collection—was faring. The answer: not so good. Most of the city bins we saw were overflowing, and the garbage piled up at Islington Station was absolutely disgusting.

Garbage Strike Toronto Montgomery Road
Bloor Street West and Montgomery Road, northeast corner.

What’s particularly galling about this situation is that Etobians—unlike the rest of the city's residents—have plenty of options when it comes to disposing their waste. But God forbid they actually take their garbage home; that would just be inconvenient. There’s also absolutely no reason for the garbage buildup around Islington and Royal York stations—the TTC has plenty of trash cans, which it continues to empty.

Garbage Strike Toronto Islington Station
Entrance to Islington Station, southwest side.

Garbage Strike Toronto Islington Station
Entrance to Islington Station, northwest side.

All photos by Stephen M.

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