Michigan residents will be seeing the last truck of garbage from Toronto. Today the last garbage trucks were sent to the U.S. state after a water disposal contract expires. Beginning in 2011 all of Toronto's waste will be going to the Green Lane Landfill.
The city has owned the Green Lane Landfill located southwest of London since April 2007. The landfill has been in operation since 1978.
In 1978 Green Lane Landfill was a small waste disposal operation. Today the space is a state of the art facility with an onsite leachate treatment centre, a methane gas collection and flaring system allowing for environmentally sound waste disposal. Within two years the landfill will be able to generate approximately 10 megawatts of electricity. The electricity captured will be used to offset the need of non-renewable energy sources.
“I'm pleased that, from this day forward, Toronto will be fully self-reliant to meet its landfill needs for the long term," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in a press released by the City of Toronto. "It makes good business and environmental sense for a city the size of Toronto to have its own disposal facility."