City moves closer to Green Lane Landfill acquisition



    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - At a special meeting today, Toronto City
Council brought Toronto a step closer to its Green Lane Landfill site
acquisition. The $220.3 million purchase will secure the City's long term
disposal requirements for future decades.
    Council authorized City staff to enter into agreements with First Nations
in the vicinity of the Green Lane Landfill that establish an ongoing
relationship. If the agreements are approved by the First Nations, this
settlement brings closure to a pending judicial review of the purchase
initiated by the Oneida Nation of the Thames. These agreements fulfill the
City's permit requirements at Green Lane to establish a First Nations Liaison
Committee. A First Nations Community Benefits Agreement is also being
established similar to the existing agreement with Southwold Township, Central
Elgin and the City of St. Thomas.
    Additional public information about the landfill purchase transaction
will be made available following completion of the transaction.
    Through the due diligence conducted on the landfill site, the City of
Toronto estimates that it will be able to use the site until 2034, if the City
meets its 70 per cent diversion target.

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to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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                       Green Lane Landfill acquisition

    About Green Lane

    -  Green Lane Landfill is located in Southwold Township in the County of
       Elgin, southwest of the City of London, about 200 km from downtown
       Toronto.
    -  It has the latest technology including onsite treatment of leachate
       and a methane gas collection and flaring systems.
    -  The Green Lane Landfill has been in operation since 1978. In 2006, it
       received provincial approval for expansion and has passed the required
       environmental assessment.
    -  The available capacity at Green Lane Landfill is approximately
       15 million cubic metres or 13.8 million tonnes.

    Current waste disposal at Green Lane

    -  There are existing waste disposal contracts with local communities,
       the City of Guelph and the Region of York.
    -  Upon assuming ownership of Green Lane, the City of Toronto has
       committed to honour all existing contracts.

    First Nations

    -  There are three First Nations in the vicinity of Green Lane Landfill:
       the Oneida Nation of the Thames, the Chippewas of the Thames First
       Nation and the Munsee-Delaware First Nation.
    -  Under the terms of both the Environmental Assessment and the
       Certificate of Approval issued by the Ontario Ministry of Environment,
       the establishment of a First Nations Liaison Committee is required.

    Community trust

    -  Currently, the Green Lane Community Trust Fund pays community benefits
       to communities in the vicinity: Southwold Township, County of Elgin
       and City of St. Thomas.

    Michigan disposal

    -  The City's contract for waste disposal in Michigan will continue until
       the end of 2010 and it is the intention of the City to abide by its
       terms.
    -  Both the Michigan State Legislature and the U.S. Congress have before
       them Bills that would limit, restrict or ban the shipment of waste
       from Canada.
    -  In the Michigan Legislature, a Bill has been introduced that would
       impose a $9.50/tonne (Cdn) surcharge on waste from Canada.
    -  In the U.S. Congress, Bill HR518 was introduced in January 2007 to the
       House of Representatives. It would give individual states the
       authority to close their borders to waste from Canada.
    -  Bill HR518 has subsequently been passed by two committee/subcommittees
       of the House on March 18 and 20. The Bill is now moving to the House
       for consideration. It then moves on to the Senate, and finally to the
       President.
    -  If Bill HR518 is approved by Congress, the Michigan Legislature has
       already enacted legislation that would close its border to Canadian
       waste after 90 days.

    CEAT

    -  The Environmental Assessment process being undertaken in Toronto with
       the assistance of the Community Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT)
       will continue to develop a comprehensive long-term strategic waste
       management plan for the City of Toronto.
    -  The Terms of Reference are expected to come to Toronto Council later
       this spring.

    Diversion

    -  In 2006, Toronto diverted 42 per cent of its solid waste from landfill
       - a total of 375,621 metric tonnes - an improvement over the
       346,150 tonnes diverted in 2005. This diversion rate is attributed to
       the public's significant participation in the City's wide range of
       waste reduction programs including Blue Box, Green Bin, leaf/yard
       waste, Christmas trees and backyard composting, Community Environment
       Days, household hazardous waste depots, grasscycling, large
       appliance/scrap metal pick-up, etc.
    -  The current single-family residential diversion rate is 58 per cent
       and the multi-family residential diversion rate remains at
       13 per cent.
    -  Pilot projects to test the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of
       collecting organics from multi-unit buildings are underway in
       30 high-rise complexes.
    -  Toronto's next objective is to reach 70 per cent diversion by 2010.


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For further information: Media contacts: Stuart Green, Office of the
Mayor, (416) 338-7119; Brad Ross, Strategic Communications, (416) 392-8937,
(cell) (416) 919-6503


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