Solid Waste & Recycling


Minister warns Toronto waste may need new home

Despite Toronto Councillor Brad Duguid's recent meetings with stakeholders along the Toronto waste hauling route to...

Despite Toronto Councillor Brad Duguid’s recent meetings with stakeholders along the Toronto waste hauling route to Michigan, Environment Minister Chris Stockwell says that Toronto should find an alternative to shipping its waste to Michigan because the U.S. could close its doors to Canadian waste.

Mr. Stockwell gave the warning after he met at Queen’s Park with London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and other members of the Southwestern Ontario Trash Coalition on February 18, 2003. The coalition represents concerned municipalities between Toronto and the Michigan border. Approximately 135 trucks haul waste on highways 401 and 402 near these communities. But the communities are also concerned if Toronto’s waste is denied access to Michigan that it will take up too much space in their local landfills.

Meanwhile, proponents of the controversial Adams Mine (Rail Cycle North) in northern Ontario have reiterated their desire to provide a disposal site for Toronto waste, after being rejected by Toronto City Council two years ago.

Councillor Duguid says that Toronto’s waste diversion efforts are expected to reduce the number of tractor-trailers hauling Toronto waste from 135 per day in 2003 to approximately 54 per day by 2006. He adds that Toronto’s new organics diversion program boasted a 95 per cent participation rate in its first few months of operation.

Contact Brad Duguid at 416-392-0204 or

Also see the Editorial in the April/May edition.

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