Air Quality Matters

Air Quality matters, and it is of significant importance to those who live in the Fraser Valley.

The Lower Fraser Valley is a confined airshed that is particularly susceptible to the build up of contaminants that have a serious negative impact on human health and the environment.

As part of its Draft Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP), Metro Vancouver is proposing a Waste-to-Energy (WTE) strategy to annually incinerate an additional 500,000 of the 1.2 million tonnes of garbage that will not be recycled, composted or otherwise diverted from households, business and industry.

Adopting this strategy to manage solid waste in the region could have far-reaching impacts on our sensitive airshed.

Scientists and experts can’t agree on the exact nature of those impacts.

For many years we have worked to reduce emissions from all sources and our efforts are making a difference. Increasing emissions by incinerating our garbage may be a step backward.

We believe that until the science is conclusive and the WTE incineration technology and emission standards are proven to be effective, efforts should focus on reducing, reusing and recycling, more aggressive diversion targets, industry-led takeback programs and ongoing strategies targeting zero waste.

We invite you to participate in this discussion.

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Hon. Terry Lake (Victoria)
Phone:   250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9047
Victoria, BC, V8W 9E2

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