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Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@email.msn.com>

News Release

Toronto Seeks Comments On Sending Trash to Michigan;
Environmental Groups Urge Residents to Call 1-800-465-4056

July 26, 1999


Jeff Surfus (734) 426-1984
Mike Garfield (734) 761-3186 x104

Two Michigan environmental groups today called for residents of southeast
Michigan and beyond to flood the City of Toronto with phone calls regarding
the possibility of making Michigan its long-term option for receiving its
municipal solid waste.  The Network of Waste Activists Stopping Trash
Exports (NO WASTE) and the Ecology Center have obtained and are today
releasing the Toronto contact information for residents to voice their

Previously, NO WASTE and the Ecology Center had learned that two companies
who operate landfills in southeast Michigan, Browning-Ferris Industries
(BFI)  and Republic Services, have expressed interest in and have met the
qualifications to bid for Toronto's long-term disposal contract.

"Now is the time for Michigan residents to raise their voices and let
Toronto know that we don't want their garbage," says Jeff Surfus,
coordinator of NO WASTE.  "We will not have an opportunity like this again
to let Toronto know how we feel."

Toronto has set up an 800 number to receive comments and will continue to
seek comments from potentially impacted communities until August 27, 1999.

To register comments with the City of Toronto, call:


Alternatively, people can fax comments to Toronto at (416) 392-2974.
Comments can also be sent via email to

Finally, comments can be mailed to:

Tracey Ehl Harrison, Senior Consultation Coordinator
City of Toronto - Works and Emergency Services Department
55 John Street
18th Floor, Station 1180
Toronto, ON  M5V 3C6

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