Recent reports indicate that the City Council for Toronto approved a letter of intent to purchase the Green Lane Landfill in southwestern Ontario for about $250 million. The purchase will help the city reduce waste shipments to Michigan and provide a secure disposal site in the event of any sudden border closing. Toronto plans to eliminate waste shipments to the United States by 2010.
The Green Lane landfill was recently granted permission to expand by 10 million tonnes. This offers Toronto 15 years worth of disposal capacity. Currently, roughly 85 truckloads per day (or 750 thousand tonnes per year) is trucked to the Carleton Farms Landfill in Wayne County, Michigan. Toronto has also committed to reduce waste sent to landfill to as close to 100 per cent by 2012, suggesting the new site could generate tip fees from other jurisdictions sending their garbage there.
The deal concerns only Toronto municipal garbage. More than three million tonnes of commercial waste is still shipped from Canada to Michigan every year.