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Hard to make sense of Metro’s waste management plan

Editor:

Just received our spanky new green compost bin.

It is hard to make sense of what Metro Vancouver is “selling” us (property owners in Metro Vancouver) when it comes to waste management.

Like most conscientious residents, I spend about two hours unpaid labour a week sorting the family garbage into recycling, landfill, and composting categories.  We pay an ever-increasing bill on top of our property taxes for the recycling facilities. On the horizon Metro Vancouver residents have a $450-million price tag for the proposed second incinerator, plus apparently another large slice of public money to “hold” unnamed properties around us.

So who is benefiting from all our contributions in labour, taxes, and capital costs?

Recycling companies are making money, composting facilities are being paid, manufacturers of our new green bins are raking in around $8 million, Big Industry will soon get $450 million, and now private owners of industrial land will be getting another sizable whack of public money to hold their land.

And in return? Every pair of lungs in Metro Vancouver will get another 300,000 tonnes per year of air pollution and more lung diseases (at 20 per cent and counting).

Only the foolish work for someone else, pay money to do so, and get poisoned in return.

When that second incinerator starts spewing out emissions, that is the day I go back to putting everything into black garbage bags and return to the 20th century—after all, that is where incineration came from.

John McCrossan

Richmond

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