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A proposal by Toronto City Council to rail-haul garbage to an abandoned mine in northern Ontario has been scrapped in no small part due to CUPEs efforts.

Toronto-area locals, in particular CUPE 416, were heavily involved in the anti-Adams Mine campaign. CUPE worked with councillors opposed to the scheme, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and a coalition of native groups, residents, farmers and environmentalists from Kirkland Lake.

Just days before the surprise announcement scrapping the controversial 20-year plan, Toronto-area locals published a list of recommended candidates for the November 13 local elections. Not a single councillor who voted for Adams Mine was on that list.

The same day CUPE published a report entitled, Resolving Torontos Garbage Crisis, which outlined the huge problems with the Adams Mine scheme, and WMI (the company behind the plan).

With Torontos garbage now slated to be trucked down the 401 to Michigan, attention has turned to a truly green alternative to landfill. Candidates in the municipal election are finding that the CUPE/TEA Wet-Dry recycling and composting plan similar to the successful public scheme in Guelph, Ontario has become a major issue on the doorsteps.