Metro Vancouver Debates Waste Incineration

July 14, 2010

Metro Vancouver’s proposed solid waste management plan is drawing fire over its waste incineration component. The region plans to increase recycling from 50% to 70% and burn the remaining 30%. While burning garbage could potentially provide energy and heat to nearby neighbourhoods, critics warn that incineration creates toxic air pollution, releasing "emissions of mercury, lead and cadmium into the atmosphere". Several municipalities are opposing the plan, while others are requesting more detailed information before proceeding. Read the full story in the Georgia Straight.