Garbage & Recycling

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Green Lane Landfill

The City of Toronto purchased Green Lane Landfill on April 2, 2007 to secure long-term waste disposal capacity. Since acquiring the site, Toronto has significantly enhanced the performance of the landfill as it works toward becoming an international leader in solid waste management.

The landfill is located outside city boundaries, about 200 KM from downtown Toronto.

The lifespan of Green Lane is dependent on the rate that residential waste is sent for disposal.

Green Lane was first commissioned in 1978 as a small local landfill and through successive expansions, developed into a state-of-the-art, engineered, sanitary landfill that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements. The Green Lane Landfill became the primary waste disposal facility for the City of Toronto on January 1, 2011 and now plays an integral role in Toronto's integrated solid waste management system as it provides safe, effective, environmentally sustainable and long term residual waste management. 

The daily operation of the landfill is conducted under contract by CRA Landfill Operations Ltd. while the engineering needs of the landfill are performed, under contract, by WSP Canada Inc. Site management and supervision is performed by City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Director – Processing & Resource Management along with City of Toronto staff, stationed at Green Lane, who monitor daily operations, and carry out other duties. 

Historical and current monitoring data confirms there are no off-site adverse impacts to surface water or groundwater. The City of Toronto operates Green Lane Landfill in compliance with the current Environmental Compliance Approval issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Annual Progress Reports

In order to remain compliant with the Certificate of Approval for the Site, Green Lane Landfill prepares and submits an Annual Report to the MOECC and other required parties every year by March 31st of the year following the calendar year covered by the report. All required components of this report are included each year. Such items include site plans, waste quantities received, monitoring results, updates on operation of the landfill, and summaries of any complaints or occurrences from the reported year.

Electronic copies of these annual reports covering the years since the City of Toronto
purchased Green Lane can be found below:

2011 Annual Progress Report – Green Lane Landfill January 2011 – December 2011

2010 Annual Progress Report – Green Lane Landfill January 2010 – December 2010

2009 Annual Progress Report – Green Lane Landfill January 2009 – December 2009

2007 Annual Progress Report – Green Lane Landfill January 2007 – December 2007

The planning and development of Green Lane are guided by multiple reports that were created in cooperation with the MOECC. These documents provide structure and planning to the operation of the site.

2006 July - Hydrogeologic Investigation Report for the Optimization of the Green Lane Landfill Site

2006 July - Stormwater Management Plan for the Optimization of the Green Lane Landfill Site