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Between 45 and 66 trucks daily on the 401 for Toronto's new landfill

Starting Jan. 1, Toronto stopped using Michigan as its dumping ground, replacing it with the city-owned (and obviously named) Green Lane Landfill in Elgin County's Southwold Township, about 200km from downtown, just southwest of London.

There will now be between 45 and 66 trucks a day leaving from Toronto to the new landfill site, between 7am and 10am, and 2pm and 5pm, according to George South, the city's director of solid waste.

According to South, this will actually represent a decrease in the amount of traffic immediately surrounding the landfill. "There used to be other operations run from the landfill site," he says. "They used to have a large fleet of trucks which is no longer there."

The site is actually on the old route to the Michigan landfill, so the path the trucks and their waste are now taking is the same.

There were 905 trucks going from the city to the site in 2009, and in 2010, there were about 1,362 trucks, plus the traffic to Michigan. The total number for 2011 is expected to be between 11,700 and 17,600 trucks annually. Last year, the city estimates there were 15,294 trucks on the Michigan route.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: George South

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