New Waste-to-Energy Project UpdateNew Waste-to-Energy Project Update<div class="ExternalClassD10573723CF74F0094C6486FCF0C7E62"> <p>Since March 2012, staff from Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) have met on multiple occasions to discuss technical issues relating to air quality and human health, including airshed characteristics and <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">waste-to-energy technologies</a> (WTE).</p> <p>As part of Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/development.aspx" target="_blank">new WTE project</a>, the technical team also contributes to the development of a consultation framework for Metro Vancouver to consult with the FVRD about this project.</p> <p>A Political Liaison Committee has also been formed with Metro Vancouver and FVRD Directors to develop the framework, which will include a variety of audiences and mechanisms for consultation. </p> <p>The Committee will soon finalize the Terms of Reference for a Metro Vancouver/FVRD Working Group, which will:</p> <ul> <li>Develop recommendations for WTE emission standards that do not conflict with Provincial or Federal policy and/or legislation.</li> <li>Develop recommendations for an environmental monitoring program for any new or expanded in-region WTE facility(s).</li> <li>Establish mitigation measures that address reasonable concerns of the FVRD with respect to additional in-region WTE.</li></ul></div>|#a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4;L0|#0a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4|Issue 1;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass04F4A7DA9EEB422EA69FACDFA7836FED"> <p>Metro Vancouver has set ambitious targets to increase our recycling rate to 70% by 2015 and 80% by 2020. Independent consultants concluded that a <a target="_blank" href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/development.aspx">new waste-to-energy project</a> was the best solution to manage the remaining waste after all efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste-to-energy facilities recover energy and metals from garbage that cannot be recycled. Modern facilities have minimal effects on the environment, and are used worldwide to heat and power homes and businesses, and to recycle metals. We are currently in the early stages of developing the project.</p></div>