Recovering energy and resources from garbage
A recent opinion asserts that additional Waste to Energy facilities in our region will somehow reduce recycling and require out-of-region imports of trash.
That assertion – an argument adopted by companies that profit when garbage is buried in distant landfills – is not backed up by facts, in this region and other countries.
Metro Vancouver’s recycling rates have steadily increased since the 1988 opening of its existing Waste to Energy Facility in Burnaby.
The countries with some of the world’s highest recycling rates are also those with the highest Waste to Energy recovery rates (Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium). There are now more than 600 Waste to Energy Facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.
The best way to manage residual waste in our region has been discussed and studied for many years.
In 2008, the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors took the bold decision to abandon disposal of residual waste at a landfill in BC’s Interior.