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Regional vote on plan to haul garbage to United States

Metro Vancouver directors are voting Friday on a plan that could see the region’s trash hauled across the border into the United States.

The region voted last year against replacing the Cache Creek landfill, which closes mid-2010, to focus efforts on waste reduction.

But Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt, chair of Metro Vancouver’s waste committee, said it would take three to five years to develop the infrastructure required to handle all of Metro Vancouver’s trash.

Directors will decide Friday whether to apply to B.C.’s environment minister for an amendment allowing Metro Vancouver’s municipal trash to be dumped in the U.S.

The amendment would allow for up to 600,000 tonnes of solid waste a year, for five years, to be transported by truck and rail to Roosevelt, Wash., or to Wenatchee, Wash., and then on to Arlington, Ore.

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