Emterra in the hot seat at Niagara Regional Public Works Committee meeting

An Emterra official was on the hot seat at yesterday's regional public works committee meeting.

Members of the committee demanding to know what the company is doing to address chronic problems with garbage pickup.

Graham Wathan, explaining since the minimum wage went up workers with the company have left to take inside jobs.

He says they are now working with the union to boost their hourly rate by a couple bucks.

But despite assurances the company is working to address outstanding issues, regional councillors voting to ask staff to look into the region’s options.

The region’s contract with Emterra runs until 2021.