10/24/2011 08:17 EDT | Updated 12/24/2011 05:12 EST

Toronto says yes to privatized trash pickup; says it will save $78M over 7 years

TORONTO - After almost six hours of debate, Toronto city council voted Monday to privatize trash pickup west of Yonge street next summer.

Council voted 26-16 in favour of allowing Green For Life Waste and Recycling Solutions take over trash collection.

The city anticipates savings of $78 million during the seven-year contract, which includes a projected savings of $11.9 million in the first year.

The private pick-up is expected to start on Aug. 7 of next year.

Coun. Gord Perks says he believes two or three years into the contract Green For Life won't be able to deliver what they promised at the price promised.

And CUPE local 416 says a study of Toronto's estimates supports the union's claim that the city is inflating the costs of in-house garbage pick up to justify privatizing it.