Waste-to-Energy Facility Emissions Getting Even Lower Waste-to-Energy Facility Emissions Getting Even Lower <div class="ExternalClass359CAC7E888B4376A2DC21D3BD11FAB8"> <p>Nitrogen oxide emissions from the facility were already below regulatory limits, accounting for less than one percent of total regional emissions. The upgrades have further reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 25 percent, and when the new system is complete emissions will be less than half of the previous level. </p> <p>The facility’s emissions for pollutants such as dioxins, furans, heavy metals, fine particles and others are even lower – hundredths or thousandths of one percent of regional totals, and also well below regulatory limits.</p> <p>The new emission reduction system involves modifications to the facility’s combustion air system to reduce the formation of nitrogen oxides. There are also improvements to the ammonia-injection system to convert nitrogen oxides to harmless substances like water vapour and nitrogen gas. The upgrade cost is approximately $7 million and it is expected to be complete in December 2014.</p> <p>The waste-to-energy facility is located in Burnaby and handles about a quarter of the region’s garbage, approximately 280,000 tonnes per year, and generates enough electricity to power 16,000 homes. Our priority is to manage the waste in our growing region in the cleanest and safest way possible, and as a bonus, waste-to-energy technology allows us to extract value from waste. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/wte1.png2014-10-01T07:00:00ZGP0|#e8164e0a-1e1f-4710-9084-7e828c0b1066;L0|#0e8164e0a-1e1f-4710-9084-7e828c0b1066|Issue 2;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass36324021343C4AFA9F105EB44948BE57"> <p>Emissions from Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/04.aspx" target="_blank">waste-to-energy facility</a> are getting lower and lower thanks to an upgraded nitrogen oxide control system.</p> <p>Smog forms when nitrogen oxides react with other air pollutants in the presence of sunlight. The greatest sources of nitrogen oxides in our region are cars, trucks, ships and non-road vehicles like bulldozers.</p></div>