Trash shipments from Ontario to Michigan
to end by 2010
A privately negotiated pact by United States Senators
Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin with the Ontario Minister of Environment,
Laurel Broten is expected to reduce the garbage shipments by less
than half over the next four years.
Ontario will stop sending residential waste to
Michigan landfills before the end of the decade under an agreement
between the provincial government and Michigan´s two senators.
The agreement calls for residential waste shipments
from Ontario to decrease by 20 percent by 2007, drop another 20
percent by the end of 2008 with a halt to all municipal waste shipments
The agreement was reached as the United States
House was preparing to vote on a bill that would impose a two year
ban on Canadian trash.
Reaching the agreement gives Toronto, York, Peel,
Durham and other Ontario municipalities more time to find alternatives
to disposing of their residential waste.
The agreement does not prohibit industrial, commercial
and institutional waste from entering Michigan.
Ontario officials indicated that they will increase
recycling programs and expand landfill space within their province
to handle the trash currently being trucked to Michigan.