As usual, I enjoyed reading the latest issue of SW&R, cover to cover!! Your article on Covanta’s New York EFW facility was of particular interest. Our group toured the facility and was impressed with the volume of Ontario trash being processed. We have been disappointed to note that Covanta has to date failed to invest in processing residual ash for construction products. The smaller Covanta plant in Syracuse is much more visitor friendly and as clean as an Ontario hospital.
I was very interested in you meeting with Gordon McGuinty and your cautious views on the Adams Mine. Our group fought the whole concept of transporting trash hundreds of kilometres north and destroying a valuable renewable resource in a “pitfall”. The concept was fundamentally flawed for a dozen good reasons that you understand very well. Toronto needed and still needs to convert it’s residual trash to clean energy at sites adjacent to the trash source. Distributed clean energy where it is needed and avoiding the cost and environmental impacts of long hauls.
I understand that the zero waste proponents participating in the 24 June AWMA conference in Calgary ran into some very effective arguments from EFW proponents. We all have to learn that there is a great opportunity for both waste management philosophies. (EFW and zero waste to landfill.) By the way, the REM Inc. EFW approach to Wesleyville and Brant County look very good. We have met with their Canadian executive group and their development manager from Spain and we like what we see. We are developing an EFW project for Peterborough with REM (Entech) technology. It combines the best features of gasification and combustion.
Hope to meet you at the official opening of the Durham/York EFW in 2013. Keep up the good work.
Ed. K. McLellan
(You’ll find the Wesleyville/Entech technology covered in this edition in John Nicholson’s Waste Business column on page 46. Speaking of Gordon McGuinty, see page opposite. — ed.)