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Southgate votes against landfill

Southgate Township isn't interested in building a landfill large enough to house Toronto's waste, according to the...


Southgate Township isn’t interested in building a landfill large enough to house Toronto’s waste, according to the Toronto Star.

The seven-member township council recently voted 4-3 against pursuing the landfill idea. The vote followed a reportedly heated meeting with about 50 residents.

Mayor Don Lewis had said that a landfill would generate fees that could help the municipality pay for community assets such as the library and an arena. He now says he’s learned residents may be more willing than he thought to pay higher taxes.

"The reaction was overwhelming, and council members felt they got clear direction that our residents are prepared to survive without the bucks that this could have brought into the municipality," Mr. Lewis told the Toronto Star.

But Toronto Councillor Jane Pitfield said Southgate’s decision didn’t surprise her.

Ms. Pitfield, who chairs the works committee responsible for garbage disposal, said Toronto is expected to ship about 800,000 tonnes of waste to Michigan this year. But in the years to come, the goal is reduce that number through composting programs. Even if Southgate had won approval for the landfill, its introduction might not generated the fees the township expected.


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