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Toronto waste update

As many as 40 giant garbage haulers a day have started making daily trips on the 401 to take 300,000 tonnes of Toronto's solid waste each year to Republic Service's Carleton Farms landfill southwest o...


As many as 40 giant garbage haulers a day have started making daily trips on the 401 to take 300,000 tonnes of Toronto’s solid waste each year to Republic Service’s Carleton Farms landfill southwest of Detroit, Michigan. There is growing concern about adding to the amount of slow-moving trucks already using that highway. The mayors of London and Sarnia plan to make anti-truck haul deputations at the public works general meeting in February. To reduce the traffic, city council set the goal to recycle and compost 80 per cent of all municipal waste by 2009. The cost of the facilities have an estimated cost of more than $325-million over eight years. But according to Angelos Bacopoulos, general manager of solid waste, the city is facing budgetary pressures so programs have been put on hold. Milk cartons and aerosol cans are still set to be recycled as of March 1. A task force will soon begin a series of public meetings with senior government officials to discuss options to enable the city to recycle and compost 100 per cent of waste by 2010. According to Councillor Betty Disero, annual waste management costs would rise from $86-million to approximately $181-million. In October, city council dropped a controversial plan to waste to the abandoned Adams Mine in Kirkland Lake, Ontario by rail. But some say that there’s a possibility that Queen’s Park could use the creation of a regional waste authority to breathe life back into the project. The Tory government has been a supporter of the landfill plan; its agencies gave it the environmental approvals and the province is a partner in the Ontario Northland Railway. (See “Garbage Train Derailed” in the December/ January edition.)

Contact Angelos Bocopoulos at 416-392-8301


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