Garbage collection and sanitation are one of the most critically important aspects of managing a city. As the world's population grows bigger and bigger, so too does the amount of waste we produce, which ultimately has to end up somewhere.
Few cities in North America are as painfully aware of this as the Canadian city of Toronto, which has a massive infrastructure full of millions of people, and a perpetually-present garbage problem. Not only does the city produce tons of waste every year, but it seems to have a problem with giving its sanitation workers the working conditions they desire: city garbage collectors have gone on strike several times in the last few decades, often leading to weeks where the garbage piled several feet high on the streets.
Always looking for ways to try to solve its ever-present sanitation problems, the city was actually in talks to have their garbage shipped to the small Boston Township south of Kirkland Lake, and dumped into an abandoned mine, which would become a landfill. The plan was going forward, but was stopped in part by, of all things, a particular episode of The Simpsons.
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