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Green trash lumped in with the rest?

Toronto garbage workers have been routinely mixing green bin organicswith regular garbage that is trucked to a Michigan landfill, say cityemployees interviewed by Torstar News Service.

Toronto garbage workers have been routinely mixing green bin organics with regular garbage that is trucked to a Michigan landfill, say city employees interviewed by Torstar News Service.

The workers — who return to work today after a five-week strike — say this has been done for years, is done routinely and it occurs at the transfer stations where all types of garbage are first brought after collection from homes.

A former manager in a transfer station confirmed he had seen this happen and that some managers allow the practice as a way of getting rid of the enormous amount of green bin waste produced by Torontonians.

Instead of being turned into compost, as residents are told, thousands of tonnes of leftover meat, vegetables and dirty diapers are dumped into garbage trucks and taken to Michigan’s Carleton Farms Landfill, according to current employees and a former manager of city solid waste transfer stations.