More than 140,000 residents in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon will have to make do with disruptions in their waste collection due to a garbage collectors’ strike in Peel Region.
Labour negotiations broke down between the union and one of Peel Region’s two private collection companies Wednesday evening with workers hitting the picket lines Thursday morning.
The labour dispute involves the waste management company Emterra Environmental and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 183.
The union said negotiations fell apart after members rejected the company’s latest offer on Tuesday.
A statement released by the private collection company said it will not discuss terms of the labour talks in public.
“It has also been our longstanding practice not to negotiate contract terms through the media out of due respect for our staff and the process,” Emterra Environmental said. “We remain committed to our customers and residents and will do our utmost to minimize the impact on them.”
Peel Region officials said more than 60 per cent of Peel curbside households may experience waste collection delays as a result of the strike.
The areas affected by the labour disruption include:
Brampton: West of highway 410 and north of Bovaird Dr.
Mississauga: West of the Credit River and Fletcher’s Creek
Caledon: All areas
Officials said that residents who receive waste collection services from the Region’s other collection contractor, or live in a multi-residential building, should not be affected.
Those in the areas impacted by the strike are being reminded to follow their regular collection schedule and to leave any missed collection material at the curb or bring it to a community recycling centre.