To the Editor,
I’ve recently been made aware that Nanaimo is being targeted as a potential site for a waste-to-energy incinerator accommodating Metro Vancouver’s surplus garbage. I am strongly opposed to this garbage incineration site. Not only does this plan run contrary to the ecological goals of Vancouver Island communities, but it presents an unnecessary risk to our coastlines from garbage moving through the Georgia Strait.
Metro Vancouver does not conform to the standards for waste diversion set by the Regional District of Nanaimo, and it is not equitable to local residents if this garbage is allowed to be incinerated in-region.
This incineration project has already been opposed in Powell River and the Fraser Valley, so I’m hopeful that Nanaimo city council will stand against pressures from Metro Vancouver to allow development. With potential sites being made public in November, city council must act now to keep our shores free of garbage, and prevent the spread of harmful carcinogenic material. As an individual who loves Nanaimo’s natural environment and community, I sincerely believe that it is in all of our best interest to prevent this development.
Michael Chambersvia e-mail