London trucks trash outside city limits

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LONDON, Ont. — Truckers are being called upon to get London’s trash out of the city as a strike wages on, closing the W12A landfill site.

Observers note the irony of the move, since London strongly opposed the movement of Toronto’s trash down the 401 to Michigan earlier this year.

However, the strike is requiring London’s garbage to be trucked as far away as the Ridge landfill site near Blenheim in Chatham-Kent.

It hasn’t been an easy task though, as picketers have been tracking trucks and erecting picket lines to stall trucks on their way to private dumps.

The cost of trucking the garbage outside the city is adding up, admits deputy city manager Jeff Malpass.

"We are extending the life of our landfill, so there are pluses and minuses," he tells local media.

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