Garbage incinerator would set city back

Any economic benefit gained from the project will be far outweighed by the damage that it will do to Nanaimo’s reputation.

To the Editor,

Re: Nanaimo cited for incinerator shortlist, Nov. 26.

I strongly oppose the construction of a garbage incinerator at Duke Point.

The proponents of this project argue that it will create jobs. But any economic benefit gained from the project will be far outweighed by the damage that it will do to Nanaimo’s reputation, the dicincentive it will be to people who otherwise might choose to live here, and the negative impact it will have on property values. The fact of the matter is that no one wants to live in close proximity to a garbage incinerator.

I have been encouraged recently by the exciting developments that are taking shape in our city. These have included the airport expansion, the acquisition by the city of lands south of the Gabriola ferry terminal, the downtown hotel project and the proposed foot passenger ferry.

The construction of a garbage incinerator at Duke Point would be a huge step backwards. At this stage in our development, the last thing we need is to become known as the city where the garbage from the two and a half million residents of Greater Vancouver goes to be disposed of.

Peter GiovandoNanaimo