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U.S. anti-waste import bill passes hurdle

Concern is growing about an earlier-reported bill currently before the U.S. Congress that would allow states to ban...


Concern is growing about an earlier-reported bill currently before the U.S. Congress that would allow states to ban imports of Canadian residential garbage. Such a ban could create enormous problems for Toronto and other Ontario municipalities that haul their waste under contract to Michigan landfills, and force the provincial environment ministry to approve emergency landfill sites.

Will Flowers, a spokesman for Republic Services, which operates the enormous Carleton Farms landfill in southwest Michigan (that receives Toronto’s garbage), was quoted in the Globe & Mail newspaper saying that in case the bill becomes law, “My advice for Toronto is to ensure their contingency plans are in place.”

Officials from the City of Toronto, the provincial government and the Canadian embassy in Washington have been monitoring the bipartisan bill, called HR 2491, after it recently cleared the committee stage in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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