It's a point of pride to Metro that many folks are unaware we have a garbage incinerator right here in the region.
But the fact is that the Burnaby incinerator has been destroying resources and pumping out emissions since 1988. It is owned by Metro Vancouver and operated under a contract to a private company. That private company has changed hands three times within my memory.
Now the contract is owned by the largest incinerator company in the world, Covanta (the same company pushing a new incinerator in Gold River).
Watch this video to learn more about Covanta.
When Covanta "acquired" the contract to operate the Burnaby incinerator I wondered if Metro would be able to terminate the deal because of uncertainty about Covanta's record. As far as I know, the subject never came up (though we would never know because the public is always shut out of discussions about contracts).
Along with incurring fines for pollution, Covanta has also provoked a campaign by unions seeking "Justice for Covanta Workers."
Does this sound like the kind of company that Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and his Council would seek out to be their neighbour? Send Mayor Corrigan a quick email and ask him what he thinks of Covanta's record: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pic: Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan