On Thursday at 5:00 p.m. the State of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality issued a decision to place the City of Toronto on a list of approved jurisdictions to ship waste to Michigan’s landfills. The city was approved based on its ability to prove that it could meet stringent new requirements that the state has placed on all waste entering its landfills.
In March, the State of Michigan passed legislation that prohibits the following materials from its landfills:
– Hazardous waste
– Medical waste
– Used oil
– Lead acid batteries
– Low level radioactive waste
– Used beverage containers
– Yard clippings
By October 30, 2004, in order to use Michigan landfills, jurisdictions shipping to Michigan, including Toronto, must have applied to the Department of Environmental Quality to prove that they have equivalent policies, operating procedures or legislation in place to ensure that the banned materials will not be sent to disposal sites in the state.
Toronto submitted a "Certification Application" to Michigan on September 1, 2004. Applications were separately submitted by numerous other out-of-state waste shippers. Toronto’s application was accepted unconditionally and places the city on a list of approved jurisdictions to ship to state landfills.
Councilor Jane Pitfield, chair of the Works Committee, stated, "We are pleased that the State of Michigan recognizes that the City of Toronto has the appropriate by-laws and policies to ensure that the waste we send to Michigan is safe. This does not diminish our resolve to continuously reduce our waste shipments to Michigan and, ultimately, to eliminate them by 2010."
Trucks carrying City of Toronto municipal garbage may be subject to periodic spot checks at the Michigan landfill but the state is satisfied that Toronto will do its utmost to ensure that prohibited materials are not carried in its loads.
Media contact: Councilor Jane Pitfield, 416-529-9875.