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September 25, 2006
Media Advisory - Help Toronto plan how to reduce and manage its post-diversion garbage
The City of Toronto is conducting an environmental study, referred to as an Environmental Assessment (EA), to decide a plan for reducing and managing its leftover garbage (post-diversion residual waste). This EA initiative continues in conjunction with Toronto’s recent plan to purchase the Green Lane Landfill near St. Thomas, Ontario. The proposed landfill purchase, which is subject to signing a final purchase agreement within 90 days, further supports the City’s agreement to stop transporting garbage across the U.S. border to Michigan by 2010. In planning for its long term waste management strategy, the City remains committed to aggressively pursuing enhanced waste reduction programs to achieve mandated waste diversion from landfill targets. Shifting dependency off landfill disposal extends the life of the landfill and its associated revenue benefits and respects the hierarchy of the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

The first phase of the EA involves preparing the EA’s Terms of Reference, which helps establish a framework for how Toronto will conduct the EA. Participating in the upcoming rounds of public consultation provides interested stakeholders the opportunity to learn more, ask questions, offer comments, voice concerns and help Toronto decide the plan for the EA.

Dates: Public Consultation Round One meetings take place in Toronto from September 26 to October 26

Times: All but one of the public consultation meetings are in the evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
(the exception is the Saturday meeting on October 21 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.)

Locations: Public consultation meetings will take place at various locations across the City

For more information, including a complete list of meeting dates and locations, visit Additional information is also available at

Please call 416-392-9365 or TTY: 416-397-0831, or e-mail to register.

Media contact:

Philip Knox
CEAT Chair
(office) 416-699-6687
(cell) 416-844-3234



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