Yesterday, it became official: the mega-bins are dead.
The city planned to leave the existing bins and allow advertising for the next few years until the Street Furniture deal was complete. Councillor Janet Davis proposed and passed an amendment that any councillor who wished the bins removed could request it. So it is up to you to contact your city councillor and ask that they have them replaced with real garbage bins.
Thank your friendly neighbourhood Toronto Public Space Committee for making the public aware of this monstrosity and fighting this horrible idea right to the end.