In the long-running cartoon's 200th episode, "Trash of the Titans," Homer Simpson becomes Springfield's sanitation commissioner after making a bunch of lofty promises that he can't possibly keep about the town's garbage collection.
After blowing his entire year's budget in a month, he solves their financial crisis by letting other cities dump their garbage into Springfield's old abandoned mine. This works... until garbage begins to spring up throughout the city, and the town has to be evacuated.
This episode of the show was shown by members of the Toronto City Council to those who were approving the plan to move the city's garbage. "It was absolutely stunning," councilor Jack Layton told The Globe and Mail. "It was so accurate to what was going on."
The plan was ultimately scrapped, though Toronto continued to ship its garbage to the state of Michigan, until that deal was repealed in 2006.
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