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E-M:/ Toronto keeps dumping on their neighbor, Michigan

Enviro-Mich message from Jrenning@aol.com

State Will Continue Taking Toronto's Trash
City Council Votes To Continue Shipments
Posted: 8:55 p.m. EST December 4, 2001

TORONTO-- The Toronto City Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to send all 
of Canada's biggest city's garbage to Michigan. 
The council voted 38-2 in favor of sending more than 1.2 million tons of 
waste a year to a landfill in Washtenaw County.  
The city of Toronto, Canada, will be shipping tons of its trash to the 
Detroit area starting in January. The area where it's going expects to make 
money from the deal. Do you approve of Toronto's trash coming here?
Yes. It has to go somewhere.
No. They should keep their trash to themselves.

Under the three-year contract, landfill owner Republic Services will handle 
all of Toronto's trash after a landfill in Vaughan, Ontario, closes at the 
end of next year. 

Toronto's garbage also goes to another Michigan landfill in Washtenaw County. 

Gov. John Engler in early November asked Congress and the city of Toronto to 
stop shipping garbage from Ontario to Michigan. The estimated 180 truckloads 
per day of garbage from Canada clog border crossings, in addition to causing 
pollution concerns, officials argue. 

But a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling denied states the right to refuse waste. 

Canada accounted for 4.5 percent of trash dumped in Michigan in 1999, 
according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. 

The state also takes in a substantial amount of trash from Illinois, Indiana, 
Ohio, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the 
department said. 

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