A Hamilton company wants to expand its landfill to include waste from New York and Michigan states.
By Joshua Weresch
Published January 08, 2014
Here is Da-Lee Group at 350 Jones Road in Hamilton. It's a beautiful spot, isn't it? (Ironically, given the tenor of this article, Da-Lee is just south-west of AIM Environmental Group: they should work together, if they haven't already.)
Currently, the Da-Lee Group landfill, according to the Environmental Registry, "receives up to 100 tonnes per day of solid non-hazardous waste, 103 tonnes per day of solid hazardous waste, 750 cubic metres per day aggregate total of liquid industrial waste, liquid hazardous waste and other liquid waste."
The company would like to expand this landfill, which serves the province of Ontario, "to include New York and Michigan States and to increase the amount of received waste."
Communication I've received from Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality has stated that they do not track waste, which is an article of commerce under the North American Free Trade Agreement (your waste is golden: how Freudian is that?), that leaves the state.
So, fellow citizens, where does this leave us? More waste from places far, rather than near; the inevitability of profit from continued waste collection instead of its diversion; and a rising land-fill: I would submit that none of these things should occur in a city that aspires to be the best place to raise a child.
Pressure should be placed upon the appropriate governing bodies, municipal, provincial, or federal, to reduce the plastic packaging of commercial and edible items; we should continue to insist on home-made, self-reliant ways of living in the world; and, wherever possible, we should maintain balance, an indigenous and deeply spiritual way of life.
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