Responsibly Managing Our Garbage – Bylaw 280Responsibly Managing Our Garbage – Bylaw 280<div class="ExternalClass0F9EEF59D040471FAEE3BC4E37942B79"> <p>Metro Vancouver, regional districts around the province, and local recycling companies are concerned about the increasing volumes of waste bypassing Metro Vancouver’s regional facilities and delivered to transfer stations in Abbotsford for subsequent rail shipment to landfills in the U.S. The Metro Vancouver Board Chair recently wrote to Environment Minister Mary Polak, expressing the urgency of approving the bylaw due to this growing trend.</p> <p>Bylaw 280 is supported by a group of 12 local recycling companies that have formed the Recycle First Coalition because they recognize the beneficial effect that Metro Vancouver’s disposal bans and garbage tipping fees have had on innovation in the local recycling industry. The coalition members collectively employ more than 800 people in the Lower Mainland, recycle more than 1 million tonnes of materials annually, have invested $135 million in capital infrastructure and facilities in Metro Vancouver in the last five years, and plan to invest another $135 million over the next five years. Former Vancouver City Councillor Peter Ladner, Paul Richard, Chair of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Environmental Technology Program, Tony Sperling of Sperling Hansen Associates, an internationally recognized landfill engineering firm in North Vancouver, and others also support Bylaw 280.</p> <p>Without Bylaw 280, garbage disposal companies will continue to bypass regional disposal facilities, avoiding disposal bans and tipping fees that are the incentives for residents and businesses to separate recyclables from the garbage. </p> <p>One of the arguments by detractors of the bylaw is that it is needed for Metro Vancouver’s new waste-to-energy project. This is inaccurate as the bylaw is necessary whether Metro Vancouver’s garbage – the remaining materials after recycling and waste diversion – goes to a landfill or a waste-to-energy facility.</p> <p>While some business groups have expressed concern over the bylaw, support of other regional districts, recycling companies and groups, and others demonstrates the importance of local government control over the disposal of garbage to BC communities. Eight regional districts have written to Minister Polak in support of Bylaw 280.</p></div>|#a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4;L0|#0a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4|Issue 1;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassFACF689B4D9840FEA4511BAD2ECF3701"> <p>Having residential and commercial garbage delivered to regional disposal facilities operated by Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver is necessary for our region to meet its aggressive waste diversion goals, and to encourage a competitive waste management and recycling industry.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver’s Bylaw 280 would facilitate this, and ensure that a cost-effective and equitable waste-disposal system continues to be available to all residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver. Bylaw 280 must be approved by the provincial Environment Minister before it is adopted, and Metro Vancouver is awaiting this decision. </p></div>