A Metro Vancouver decision to halt a half-billion-dollar waste incinerator procurement process has cost taxpayers $4.5 million and led to speculation on whether a big burner is needed in the first place.
“Burning waste is like putting garbage in the air,” said Abbotsford Coun. Patricia Ross, whose primary concern is the health of Fraser Valley residents. “There is no reason for an incinerator. But metro will probably try it again — put a prettier dress on it and convince the public it’s going to be different.”
In 2013, metro revealed that it wanted a large incinerator built on an undetermined three-hectare site and would start reaching out to mass-burn firms that could handle the project.
However, last December, after spending $4.5 million on procurement, metro realized there wasn’t enough garbage to stoke the proposed 370,000-tonne-a-year facility and halted the process.
Scant information has been provided on how the $4.5 million was spent.