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October 2006


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 by 2010.

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.

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