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Vancouver doesn't seem to treasure its trash

To the Editor,

Re: Waste-to-energy facility partners fire up public outreach campaign, Dec. 26.

I wonder how come Vancouver doesn’t want proposed waste burning facility over there?

They would pocket huge savings for not barging to and fro containers from the mainland, and piling up all garbage at Nanaimo. They would also directly benefit from all jobs and energy promised by the investors. Further, they could net out even more jobs by disposing and transporting leftover ashes to a landfill.

The proponents and investors swear that there are few health, pollution and stink issues, so this facility could rapidly expend and efficiently cremate waste from other municipalities including garbage made in the U.S.A. Sky is the limit how much energy and prosperity this facility could create from smoke and hot air. All for the benefits of area residents and optimistic investors.

However for some strange reasons Vancouver does not see it and by hook or crook wants to build an incinerator outside its area. Seems to me as if someone is trying to smoke and to swindle them out of all jobs, economic opportunities and environmental benefits that garbage burning brings, and convince them to bring WTE prosperity to Nanaimo.

Despite the fact that Nanaimo may have some landfill to spare and people are used to bad odour from industrial composting at Duke Point, this is like stealing a candy from a baby. After all, the way I see it, it is Vancouver’s waste and it is only fair that they keep it and collect all benefits that rubbish burning brings.

Zlatko Zvekic
Nanaimo

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