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Paul Paolatto zeros in on waste as mayoral campaign heats up

A trio of garbage containers sit on the curb of a London residence.
A trio of garbage containers sit on the curb of a London residence. City of London

With the municipal election less than two months away, one mayoral candidate is speaking out about waste in London.

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Paul Paolatto says he supports the green bin program and same day per week garbage pickup.

“It is very expensive, except if you’re doing a green bin program anyway, and you’re driving around every house, the incremental cost of introducing same day per week garbage, in concert with a green bin program is actually quite cost effective,” he explained.

“It’s only about half-a-million dollars, which used to be in the neighbourhood of $1.5- to $2-million as an entry price.”

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Currently, garbage and recycling collection occurs every six business days while a green bin pilot project has been inching closer to reality with councillors giving the go-ahead late last month to move to the next phase, which would be public consultations.

“If we’re going to go with a green bin program and create a little more hassle for families in terms of sorting a diversion of waste, then it would be awfully nice if we introduced this same day service for at least a while, until such time that people feel comfortable that they no longer need it.”

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In total, there are 14 candidates vying for the city’s top job in October.

Among them is current councillor Tanya Park, who has expressed support for a green bin program.

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Former MP Ed Holder, meantime, is expected to unveil his platform next week.

Londoners hit the polls Oct. 22.