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Mayor Rob Ford wants city to turn garbage into energy

Rob Ford at city hall, June 11, 2013.

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford says burning the city’s garbage is the best way to manage Toronto’s waste in the future.

“Garbage is money. When you see truckloads of garbage going down the 401, it’s like truckloads of $100 bills and we have to turn that garbage into money,” he said.

“We’re definitely behind most cities in this world when it comes to making money on our garbage or turning garbage into money.”

“Around 70 per cent of the world already has some sort of method in place that they turn their garbage into energy. They make money on their garbage.”

But committee member Coun. Janet Davis is accusing the mayor of pushing incineration before any public consultation.

“The first time he speaks on it, he’s already decided the outcome. How short-sighted,” she said.

“This mayor has already decided he’s in favour of incineration, that is ill-informed decision-making.

An 18-month waste diversion study is planned and incineration will be part of it.

Ford made a surprise visit to the public works and infrastructure meeting Wednesday, where he also made sure the debate over plastic bags did not come back to life.

No action on plastic bags was taken.

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