Ingersoll mayor asks Toronto to keep its garbage to itself ... again
Ted Comiskey's plea falls on deaf ears at city hall
Ingersoll's Mayor Ted Comiskey, who made headlines in March when he suggested Toronto should dump its garbage in Christie Pits rather than trucking it to a dump in his community, brought his message to city hall again on Monday
Comiskey spoke before the public works and infrastructure committee, once again demanding that Toronto keep its waste to itself and not ship it to his town, which is about 150 kilometres southwest of Toronto.
He's upset because a private waste disposal company has told him that it will soon be hauling commercial and industrial waste from the GTA to a landfill site in Oxford County, he said.
"I do not want your garbage," he told the committee. "We are a willing host? No we are not. You create your waste inside your borders. Then deal with it inside your borders."
'Barking up the wrong tree'
But unlike his last visit — when his plea was greeted with some sympathy from both Mayor John Tory and public works chair Jaye Robinson — Comiskey got very short shrift this time.
Coun. Chin Lee, who sits on the committee, told Comiskey that the responsibility for private industrial waste disposal lies with the province.
"You are barking up the wrong tree," Lee told him.
"So you're washing your hands?" Comiskey asked.
"It's not that we're washing our hands," Lee replied, "but we don't have authority to do anything about it; it's a provincial responsibility."