Letters to the Editor

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

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Clark on climate, clawbacks, credit cards
 
Irish Tenors play River Rock
 
COLUMN: Some advice to Kinder Morgan from the mushy middle
Williams Park lights will go on Thursday
 
Surrey RCMP officer to stand trial on multiple gun charges
 
Chilliwack council sends ALC application back for another look
COLUMN: Growth does not come cheaply
 
Virk shuffled to new job after Kwantlen flap
 
Jury deliberations set for Day 4 in Magnotta case

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.