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The Journal has a scandal piece today on $3,250 trash cans in the Quartier des spectacles international.
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Bigger scandal: what happened to the underground garbage network that was already paid for and cost a few million dollars? Fughetabout it?
The Journal article is about bins in the Quartier international, not the Quartier des spectacles. The pneumatic waste collection system in Quartier des spectacles is supposed to go online next year according to this: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7917,86217570&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
What happened to the million billion dollars that will bring MORE cars onto the island via the Turcot?
I feel like a city that’s willing to pay 3 grand for a single trash can and a supplier that’s selling 3 grand trash cans add up to corruption.
Christ, I’ve gotta get into the garbage can business. Apparently there are idiots I can get rich off of.
The heavy cast concrete trash cans that you often see between the pumps at gas stations cost about $1500.00, the plastic ones sometimes cost more. These $3250.00 models look like they are made of steel and are pretty slick. They also appear to be so small as to be almost completely useless. Three grand is expensive but not Half-a-Billion-Dollar-Bus-Station-That-Never-Opened expensive.
Thanks for the correction and the vacuum trash link, Bartek K.
Numbers like the ones in that Journal story always sound suspicious. The Journal always likes to play for scandal, even if most of its shock stories turn out to be a question of presenting something pretty mundane in a particular light – today, for example, it’s about people from the health ministry on a jaunt to Italy.
But the trash cans, surely that number comes from dividing the contract total by the presumed number of trash cans and presenting that as a price tag for each item? By handwaving the process of specifying the requirements, the cost of the design process and any other overheads involved in the production, the items can be made to sound far more expensive than they actually are.
I’m not saying it couldn’t've been done more cheaply. Montreal has a terrible weakness for redesigning things from scratch instead of buying them from some big catalogue of municipal accessories. The benefit is that some people here get the paid work of doing a redesign; the downside is that taxpayers have to cough up.
I’m with Bill; sounds like they’re off by a factor of two, not an order of magnitude.
I’d be much happier with less expensive trash bins but way more of them. :-/
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