A Dump To Call Our Own
So, here's an interesting 'before and after' picture ...
BEFORE: Dozens of trucks a day haul Toronto's trash to Michigan.
AFTER: Dozens of trucks a day haul Toronto's trash to St. Thomas, Ontario.
Is there any real difference, outside of the fact that the trucks will be turning off Highway 401 a few hours sooner?
Well, yes, it is important that we have more control over how our trash is being handled. But the bigger, long-term question of what to do with the million tonnes of garbage we produce every year is not answered by the controversial purchase of our own garbage dump.
The National Post ran a longer piece from me on this topic over the weekend - you can click here to read it.
The main point is that we should look at acquiring this new garbage dump as a temporary solution. It's bought us time to find a real, sustainable, local, environmentally responsible answer.
Let's not pretend the crisis is over, when all we've done is find a bigger, more convenient hole to throw our trash into.