According to the Associated Press, a small Ontario town would like to set up a landfill large enough to handle Toronto’s waste.
Southgate Township, situated in the southeast corner of the County of Grey about 125 kilometres Northwest of Toronto, sees a landfill as a potential cash cow, Southgate Major Don Lewis told the Associated Press.
"When you’re as hard up as rural Ontario is and Toronto’s got all that money that they want to give to the United States, we’ll put our hand out," he said. "You people in the city have no idea how devastated the rural economy is."
Southgate does not currently have a suitable landfill site, but the town is situated between highways 10 and 89 near Brampton, which provide good highway access. Mr. Lewis also noted there are landowners in the community willing to sell their property.
Toronto ships about 120 truckloads of garbage to Michigan daily but faces political opposition from U.S., which includes closing the border to trash.
To read a previous article on the Township of Southgate, "Diversion: Strategic Planning for Solid Waste Management," see the April/May 2004 edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine