Solid Waste & Recycling


Michigan university workshop on Canadian waste

On March 6, 2006, Michigan State University's Canadian Studies Centre will be hosting a half-day workshop in East L...

On March 6, 2006, Michigan State University’s Canadian Studies Centre will be hosting a half-day workshop in East Lansing that will examine the contentious problem of solid waste shipments from Ontario to Michigan.

“One-third of Ontario’s solid waste is sent to Michigan landfills,” says Michael Unsworth, the workshop’s organizer. “Most Michiganders are
against these shipments. Ontario’s side of the controversy has not been covered well in the state.

“This event will bring together Canadian and
American experts from government, environmental groups, and higher education for an in-depth exploration of the problem.”

Toronto Councilor Jane Pitfield and Brad Van Guilder from Ann Arbor’s Ecology Center will review the controversy’s background. The Sierra Club of
Canada’s Rod Muir will examine Toronto’s plan to recycle its way to “100% waste diversion” and thus eliminate its shipments. Representatives from the
U.S. Congress and International Trade Canada will discuss current efforts to block solid waste exports. Finally, Dr. Julia Ya Qin and Katherine Razdolsky of Wayne State University’s Law School will examine this controversy’s legal aspects.

The workshop will be held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on March 6, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The registration fee is US$35.00.

For further information, visit:

The workshop organizer is Michael Unsworth, Assistant Director of Canadian Studies, 517-432-6123 x125 and

For media arrangements, contact Rhonda Bucholtz at 517-355-9313 and

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