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Goodbye Keele Valley landfill

On New Year's Eve, the Keele Valley landfill in Vaughan, Ontario was closed. The landfill, which was Canada's large...


On New Year’s Eve, the Keele Valley landfill in Vaughan, Ontario was closed. The landfill, which was Canada’s largest, covers an area of about 375 hectares. Within a year, the site will be covered with 1.2 metres of clay, topsoil and grass seed and turned into a multi-use recreational property.<br>
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A golf course is set to open in 2004 and soccer fields and baseball diamonds are slated to be open by the end of 2005. In addition, there are plans for a botanical garden and a conservation area.<br>
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Waste will now be hauled to Detroit, Michigan by about 130 trucks. The City of Toronto has a deal with the Sumpter Township landfill that could last 20 years. The cost to dispose waste in Michigan is $52 per tonne versus $15 to $20 per tonne at the former Keele site. Toronto aims to increase the recycling rate to 30 per cent this year, 60 per cent by 2006 and 100 per cent by 2010.<br>
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(See articles “Journey of a Thousand Miles” in the August/September 2002 edition and “Transfer Trailers” in the December/January 2003 edition.)<br>


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