The company responsible for collecting curbside waste in parts of west-end Ottawa needs to pull up its socks and may face fines if it doesn't, according to Ottawa's mayor.
Neighbourhoods in Kanata, Stittsville and Bay ward have been experiencing delays in waste collection services since April, leaving their streets lined at times with full trash bins.
"Garbage is a pretty basic service in the municipal world, and Waste Management has let us down, deeply," said Mayor Jim Watson.
Waste Management, the company contracted by the city to collect the waste, has blamed the collection delays on staff shortages. The city has said that the company has hired new drivers to address the problem.
"I think the public have been more than patient, and Waste Management, which I believe is the largest company of its kind in the world, has to get their act together," said Watson.
The city has already signed a new contract with one of Waste Management's competitors, Miller Waste Systems, which begins next June.
In the meantime, the mayor said the city has options, including fining Waste Management, if waste collection continues to be delayed.