Petitions — Landfill
March 6, 2013
Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I have here a petition presented to me. It’s to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the names were all gathered by the committee for social justice in Oxford county. They gathered over 2,000 names, Mr. Speaker.
“Whereas many of the resources of this planet are finite and are necessary to sustain both life and the quality of life for all future generations;
“Whereas the disposal of resources in landfills creates environmental hazards which will have significant human and financial costs for;
“Whereas all levels of government are elected to guarantee their constituents’ physical, financial, emotional and mental well-being;
“Whereas the health risks to the community and watershed increase in direct relationship to the proximity of any landfill site;
“Whereas the placement of a landfill in a limestone quarry has been shown to be detrimental;
“Whereas the placement of a landfill in the headwaters of multiple highly vulnerable aquifers is detrimental;
“Whereas the county of Oxford has passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on landfill construction or approval;
“Therefore be it resolved that we, the undersigned, humbly petition the Legislative Assembly as follows:
“To implement a moratorium in Oxford county on any future landfill construction or approval until such time as a full review of alternatives has been completed which would examine best practices in other jurisdictions around the world;
“That this review of alternatives would give special emphasis on (a) practices which involve the total recycling or composting of all products currently destined for landfill sites in Ontario and (b) the production of goods which can efficiently and practically be recycled or reused so as not to require disposal in landfills.”
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for allowing me to present this petition, and I’ll affix my signature.