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Ontario cities no longer sending garbage to Michigan

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Ontario cities are no longer sending their municipal waste to Michigan

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow hailed what she called a "major milestone" in the fight to stop Canadian trash shipments to Michigan. Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek was at a press conference that the Senator held yesterday in Detroit. Cwiek sent this report:

Michigan charges only 21 cents a ton to dump trash in landfills. That's far less than other Great Lakes states. As a result, Ontario, as well as some U.S. states, export some of their trash to Michigan. But, Stabenow says as of January first, Ontario cities are no longer shipping their municipal waste. She credits a voluntary agreement she and Senator Carl Levin reached with Ontario officials in 2006. But, Stabenow says that's not the end of the story because the agreement doesn't apply to non-municipal trash. Commercial and industrial waste accounts for about 60-percent of the trash that's shipped from Canada to Michigan.

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