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London ponders adding tolls to local roads

LONDON, Ont. -- A London city councillor has suggested slapping tolls on some of the city's roads, targeting trucks...

LONDON, Ont. — A London city councillor has suggested slapping tolls on some of the city’s roads, targeting trucks hauling Toronto garbage to the Green Lane Landfill southwest of the city.

The City of Toronto reportedly plans to buy the landfill site as an alternative to shipping garbage to Michigan. It has until 2010 to completely halt trash shipments across the border.

London councillor Susan Eagle said the city should do whatever it can to prevent trucks hauling Toronto trash from using local roads.

“I’m talking about stuff that will stop them,” Eagle told the Canadian Press. “We need to push back as hard and fast as we can. We need to make it very clear we’re not happy and we’re going to use every political and legal means possible to make it difficult if not impossible for them to bring their garbage here.”

Toronto city council, meanwhile, is exploring the possibility of building an off-ramp on Hwy. 401 which would lead directly to the landfill site.

“We would hope London would allow us to use their roads, but we are looking at other options,” said Stuart Green, spokesman for Toronto Mayor David Miller.

– With files from CP

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