This article in the Globe and Mail by reporter Frances Bula explores the issue of waste haulers trucking garbage out of our region to avoid tipping fees and disposal bans.
The 2013 environmental monitoring and reporting data for Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility located in Burnaby shows the plant had no detectable effects on local or regional air quality. All emissions were below regulatory limits, with most far below, and some not even detectable.
Taking food waste out of the garbage has made a huge difference in the amount of Metro Vancouver garbage going to landfill.
By putting food waste and leftovers into their green carts instead of garbage bins Metro Vancouver residents of single-family homes have reduced their garbage by almost 30 per cent in the last three years. Continue reading
A comprehensive examination of peer-reviewed scientific studies and government and industry reports show there are no unacceptable health risks to residents living in the vicinity of a modern waste-to-energy facility equipped with the best-available pollution control technologies.
Each year in our region a lot of mattresses are thrown out. In fact if you stacked them all up you would get a pile the size of Mount Everest.
But in Metro Vancouver there are certain materials that our disposal facilities do not accept, and mattresses are one of them. Almost every part of a mattress can be recycled and there are local companies happy to do the job.
Thanks to metrovancouverecycles.ca it’s easy to find out where you can recycle your mattress.
Metro Vancouver has a thriving recycling sector but these businesses are under threat due to the practice of trucking waste out of our region to avoid disposal bans.
Ed Walsh, V.P of operations for Emterra Environmental is concerned, “The economics of a potentially lower tipping fee somewhere else that included both waste and recycling, would adversely affect us.”
In Metro Vancouver’s Waste Management system, both industry and policy play key interlocking roles. For example in 2015 organics will be banned from disposal, opening the door for business opportunities like Enviro-Smart composting. Continue reading