Glen Grunwald's Board Blog

Archive of the blog of the former President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Monday, September 25, 2006

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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Michael said...

Hi Glen,
I agree that there is a lot of work still to be done with regards to waste management in this city. Why doesn't the city pursue a long term option such as using the energy regenerated from incinerating the trash as an additional source of energy? Sites in New Jersey and Burnaby BC are able to do so with seemingly minimal environmental effects. (See links at the bottom). The city and the province as a whole should consider the long term vs. short term effect of just burying garbage. If pursuing another method of waste disposal can also result in additional power to ease the current burden being placed on our supply, I don't see why it is not being considered.

http://www.gov.je/TransportTechnicalServices/Recycling+and+waste+management/Energy+from+Waste.htm

http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/recycling-and-garbage/public-disposal-facilities.htm

(BTW, I was a big fan of the job you did with the Raptors, and I hope you stick around here and make a difference in this community with your work through the TBOT)

11:57 AM  
Blogger Glen Grunwald said...

You're right, Michael. Energy from waste should certainly be on the table, along with all other options. We have to tackle the 'garbage monster' with an open mind if we're going to beat it.

Thanks for the supportive comment, too!

8:49 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home