Special Report: Up in Smoke

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A plan by the Metro Vancouver regional authority would have taxpayers spending half a billion public dollars on an incinerator to solve the region’s garbage problem.  Would that send Vancouver's Greenest City aspirations up in smoke?   VO digs  into Metro Vancouver's garbage story.  We find conflicts that can be as epic as petty.  Fascinating characters.  Turf wars. Meetings taking place behind closed doors. Contracts worth millions.  Exciting, new technologies.  International intrigue.  And ordinary people fighting for clean air and healthy children.

 

Europe trash tours sent Metro Van decision makers jet-setting away from nearby solutions

Public officials who go on incinerator tours in Europe come back convinced that waste-to-energy incineration is the way to go.

2008 Paris trip first spark in Metro Van decision-maker's push for incineration here

Metro Vancouver called Paris's incinerator “one of the best facilities on the continent.” Last week, it was being blamed as helping to cause heavy layer of smog.

The world’s biggest incinerator debacles. Could it happen to Metro Vancouver?

“It’s been an economic and environmental sinkhole for the city,” Detroit zero waste advocate Ahmina Maxey said.

Metro Vancouver's proposed incinerator a "sink hole" for taxpayers: Canadian Taxpayers Federation

“It's a sinkhole,” Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayer Foundation told the Vancouver Observer. “We don’t think this deal is good for taxpayers. It entrenches the need for waste. We also have...
Monica Wilson, Gaia International, San Francisco

A deep dive into garbage: Vancouver Observer series looks at Metro Vancouver's plan to burn

VO digs deep into Metro Vancouver's garbage story. A summary of twenty articles. More to come.

What North America's "Greenest City" does with stuff a million people throw away

"Over 90 per cent of what's being discarded can be recycled or composted," City of San Francisco zero waste coordinator Jack Macy told The Vancouver Observer. From our archives.

Nanaimo city officials take a beating over Metro Van's Duke Point incinerator plan

Already home to a pulp mill and an animal rendering plant, Nanaimo's Duke Point could be the site of a possible garbage incinerator to burn waste barged over from the Vancouver area.

Incinerator contract called “rip-off of the century” is killed in UK

Delays, rising costs and increasing risks have killed a Wheelabrator incineration project in Norfolk, England, a regional centre 200 kilometers northeast of London. The regional county council met in...

Coquitlam demands business case from Metro Vancouver for $480 million incineration plan

The City of Coquitlam is latest municipality to ask tough questions about waste-to-energy incineration strategy.