Some Southgate residents believe the town was too quick to reject a recent proposal by Republic Services to construct a large landfill in the township and generate money for the town from tip fees by importing garbage from other communities. There’s a growing shortage of landfill space in Ontario and the entrepreneurial scheme had its attractions, despite being controversial.
On January 5 the seven-member township council voted 4-3 to shelve the idea of opening a landfill that would take Toronto’s garbage after 50 residents packed the council chambers to denounce the plan.
A large landfill in Southgate would generate fees for the 7,000-resident municipality that needs funds for such things as sports arenas and a library. Some local politicians feel that a vocal minority has derailed an interesting plan before all the facts were known.
An option exists to revive an abandoned rail line that runs between Toronto and Owen Sound as a way to transport the city’s garbage to Southgate.
The mayor has nevertheless received other waste management proposals beside the landfill idea, including a gasification plant. But town council is concerned that another township or county will get the lucrative landfill that Republic had proposed.