Toronto rules out Adams
Additional truckloads of Toronto's garbage
are being sent to Michigan and there are no
plans to reintroduce the Adams Mine option in
Kirkland Lake, two Toronto officials said
We have no plans in place to provide (for)
the reintroduction of the Adams Mine landfill
proposal, Lawson Oates, manager of strategic
planning with the solid waste management
division for the City of Toronto, said in a
Oates said because the Adams Mine deal didnt
proceed, Toronto has a deal with Republic
Services to ship some 285,000 tonnes of
municipal waste in each of the next two years to
Michigan to allow the Keele Valley Landfill to
stay open until the end of 2002. And then, in
2003, Toronto has guaranteed at least 100,000
tonnes per year for the remaining three years of
the five-year deal. After the first five years,
the city has an option to renew the deal.
Betty Disero, chairwoman of Torontos works
committee, supported the Adams Mine option. But
now, she doesnt believe the city will be
revisiting the Kirkland Lake proposal anytime
Whether were satisfied or not, weve got a
contract thats signed with Republic to send our
garbage to Michigan, Disero said. I dont believe
that can be changed. I dont believe theres any
way we can back out of the contract at the
Disero admitted she supported the Adams Mine
proposal. But that was after Toronto put a
stipulation sticking Notre Development
Corporation for any unforeseen costs which could
arise through new government regulations.
It was that stipulation Notre couldnt accept
and that was what ultimately sunk the deal.
There was a real problem with having that
removed from the contract, Disero said. I would
have felt more comfortable with going up to
Kirkland Lake than sending $50 million a year to
Michigan, thats for sure. I dont think we should
be sending our money to the States, generally
speaking, but whats done is done.
And it is done, says Oates.
We have no plans on the staff side to
introduce any new request for proposal process
for new landfill disposal, Oates said.
Toronto is also in the fourth year of a
five-year deal with the Arbor Hills Landfill in
suburban Detroit, sending some 450,000 tonnes of
trash a year to that site. And Oates said the
city has the ability to manage its future trash
We have the ability to manage it because we
can increase the tonnage going to Republics
Carleton Farms landfill, Oates said.