Diverting garbage from the landfill to an incinerator is a controversial topic. Critics say that it fosters a dependency on generating waste to generate power and revenue. Advocates believe that it’s a necessary compromise in a society where recycling and re-use options remain limited to certain categories of waste.
If you aren’t conversant on the topic, the debate can be confusing and a bit overwhelming. This short video I produced for the Metro Vancouver Multi-media Division (see below) helps explain what goes on behind-the-scenes at Metro Vancouver’s waste to energy plant in Burnaby. What do you think? Should we be moving away from waste disposal and towards zero-waste solutions? How do we get there? How long will it take? And who foots the bill? Tough questions that not only politicians, but our society as a whole must answer.