Update on Metro Vancouver's Waste to Energy procurement processUpdate on Metro Vancouver's Waste to Energy procurement process<div class="ExternalClass358E1CDB24A04183B147CAFFF3D9CF26"><p>Metro Vancouver is responsible for disposing of the solid waste generated across our region. Despite our having some of the more advanced waste reduction and recycling initiatives in North America, and a population with a demonstrably strong ethos towards protecting the environment, we still create over a million tonnes of waste each year.</p><p>In 2011 Metro Vancouver’s Board and the Province approved a long range waste plan, called the <em>Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan</em>, which includes reducing our reliance on landfills, and increasing our waste-to-energy (WTE) capacity. At the same time, an ambitious goal of 70% waste diversion by 2015 and 80% by 2020 was also agreed upon.</p><ul><li>In September 2013 the Board approved a procurement process for new WTE capacity.</li><li>10 qualified, technical respondents representing three technologies were shortlisted.</li><li>In July 2013, as a second stage of the procurement, land owners put forward sites for consideration for siting new WTE capacity.</li><li>In March 2014 the Board approved entering into agreements with up to three of these land owners for options to purchase or lease land.</li><li>In November 2015, after several discussions, the Board discontinued the current WTE procurement process.</li></ul><p>The primary reasons for the decision to discontinue the current waste-to-energy (WTE) procurement process are uncertainty around future waste volumes and continued reduction in residual waste. New WTE requires significant upfront capital investment as well as predictable waste flow.</p><p>Other elements of our solid waste program, including our WTE facility in Burnaby, that may be of interest are:</p><ul><li>Metro Vancouver currently relies on three locations to dispose of the waste each year; two landfills (Cache Creek and Vancouver Landfill in Delta), and one waste-to-energy facility.</li><li>Each of the locations above receives about a third of the region’s garbage.</li><li>Accessing Cache Creek requires hauling our garbage over 300 kilometres into the Interior.</li><li>Examples of current initiatives to reach the 70% diversion rate include; <a href="/foodscraps" target="_blank">food scraps recycling</a> (up to 30% of our waste is food scraps), <a href="/services/solid-waste/business-institutions/clean-wood-disposal-ban/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">clean wood recycling</a>, and encouragement to rethink waste through zero waste challenges, <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conferences</a> and Dialogues, and our measurably influential <a href="/christmas" target="_blank"><em>Create Memories, Not Garbage</em></a> campaign.</li><li>Over half the region’s housing is now apartments and condos, dwellings which have traditionally seen lower recycling rates than detached homes. Support tools such as the <a href="/services/solid-waste/apartments-condos/apartment-recycling-toolkit/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Multi-Family Recycling Tool</a> and a <a href="/services/solid-waste/SolidWastePublications/HowToApartmentsCondos.pdf" target="_blank">food scraps recycling guide for condos</a> are designed to help engage with building managers, as are numerous initiatives from municipalities and private building managers.</li><li>Metro Vancouver operates a <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/04.aspx" target="_blank">WTE facility</a>, located in south Burnaby. Metro Vancouver has invested in state-of-the-art enhancements at this facility which produces energy to heat 16,000 homes and recovers 8,000 tonnes of metal each year, while ensuring air emissions are far below all permitting requirements. Over the next 5 years, an additional $30 million will be invested in capacity, technology and further emissions control upgrades.</li></ul></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/wte1.png2015-12-22T08:00:00ZGP0|#6818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa;L0|#06818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa|Issue 16;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass971EBB33DD7D43DDBF70FC6B3F60FEF3"><p>​Metro Vancouver is responsible for disposing of the solid waste generated across our region. The Board recently made a decision to end the current process to add additional waste-to-energy capacity to our system. </p></div>0