Tuesday, June 11, 2013

FVRD News

Moore Flip-flops on Burn Plan

Half-billion dollar Tweet changes incinerator game

Released by Gillian Berger, FVRD/Website photo

 

n an apparent reversal of previously stated positions, Greg Moore, Mayor of Port Coquitlam and Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board, conceded that burning garbage is not zero waste.

Through his Twitter account, on May 30th, Moore emphasized the importance of reducing waste and pointed to his efforts to start a National Zero Waste Council. When Sharon Gaetz, Mayor of Chilliwack and Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District, pointed out that "Zero Waste" cannot include burning garbage, Moore replied "totally agree".

This comes as a welcome surprise to Gaetz and residents of the Fraser Valley who have strenuously opposed Metro Vancouver’s plan to build a half billion dollar garbage burner that will pollute the air and put the region into massive debt.

The FVRD would like to help Moore shed his "Mr. Incinerator" image, which he earned for his support for an incinerator for Metro garbage disposal. Mr. Moore must now show his sincerity and green credentials by urging his Board to dismiss garbage-burning plans and look for true Zero Waste solutions such as Advanced Materials Recovery that would propel recycling to the next level, drastically decrease our waste and do it without air pollution.

The FVRD will continue to advocate for the health of its residents in an effort to prevent a garbage burner from being built in this region. "Like that old expression ‘You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.’ Burning garbage is dirty – plain and simple. No matter what fancy title you give it" said Gaetz.

 

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