Metro Vancouver had asked the province to amend the region’s solid waste management plan so it could temporarily dump 600,000 tonnes of trash annually in a landfill in Washington state after the Cache Creek dump closes next year.
But it appears the government has other plans. A section of the throne speech unveiled Tuesday said the government will: “Act to outlaw the international export of British Columbia’s garbage and landfill waste.”
Environment Minister Barry Penner said he prefers a made-in-B.C. solution to dealing with Metro’s garbage.
Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, vice-chairman of Metro’s waste management committee didn’t know what would happen to the waste.
“We’re stumped,” Trasolini said.
Metro has been struggling since the late ’90s with how to replace the nearly full Cache Creek landfill and expects that it will have to manage more than one million tonnes of garbage a year by 2020.
The Cache Creek dump is expected to be full next year. The Vancouver dump located in Delta, and an incinerator plant in Burnaby, can’t take any more garbage. Plans to build up to six incinerators in the region are five to seven years away.
While Metro wrings its hands, the throne speech has thrown a lifeline to Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta, who said it’s a step toward keeping the dump operating beyond 2010.
Cache Creek receives about $1 million in royalties annually from the landfill.
Source: Vancouver Sun files, Vancouver Sun
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