Several southwestern Ontario mayors traveled to Toronto on Monday to express concern about the province’s largest city trucking its waste through their communities. Almost 130 trucks roll through southwestern Ontario every business day with household waste en route to Michigan. Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr, London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and Mayor Mike Raymond of LaSalle, near Windsor, worry about highway accidents and air pollution, while complaining that Toronto is not recycling enough of its waste.
Toronto mayor David Miller assured the group that Toronto will not seek to use their local landfills in the unlikely event that Michigan closes its border to the city’s waste, since its contract for disposal to Michigan requires the contractor — if there are problems — to find alternate privately-owned U.S. sites with which contingency plans have already been arranged. Miller conceded that the city would have a problem if the entire U.S. border closes to Canadian waste. Toronto started shipping trash to Michigan in 2003.