Members of the BC Chamber of Commerce have come out swinging against a bylaw considered critical for Metro Vancouver’s proposed half-a-billion-dollar garbage incinerator.
Chamber president John Winter says they want Environment minister Mary Polak to reject the bylaw changing garbage flow control in the region.
“Which would permit Metro government to create a monopoly for waste collection and incineration in the lower mainland.”
Winter says the bylaw would cut out private business and the solutions the sector could bring.
“The fact that it precludes a number of other potential solutions, which we think are far less expensive and equally efficient if not more so and enables Metro to reach its goal without resorting to such things as incineration, which I think has an awful lot of liabilities attached to it.”
Winter says instead of paving the way for garbage incineration Metro should be using technology to reduce, re-use, and recycle.
“It enables better sorting and it enables us to keep the recyclables out of the incinerator, which is certainly the biggest concern that we have with the Metro 280 bylaw.”
Winter says the bylaw wold allow Metro Vancouver to take over regulatory control of solid waste management and give the regional district free reign to set whatever fee it wants.
“The policy that we put forward really puts forward the option for allowing private sector solutions to avoid having the taxpayer cough up, up to half a billion dollars to manage a system that is really very manageable at the private sector level.”
Winter says the “tax grab” bylaw cuts out private enterprise while shifting costs on taxpayers and businesses.