Unprecedented Onslaught of Incinerator Proposals - Watershed Sentinel

A must-read series of three articles in The Watershed Sentinel by author and journalist Joyce Nelson. Part 1 of the series looks at the threat to recycling that multi-stage waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration poses. Part 2 looks at mass-burn waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration, with a focus on Covanta Energy. Part 3 considers gasification WTE companies Plasco Energy Group and Aquilini Renewable Energy, and the Federal government’s involvement in WTE incineration.

Incinerators, Part 1 - Waste-to-Energy Proposals

Across Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, and Asia, communities are facing an unprecedented onslaught of proposals for new incinerators. In July 2008, Friends of the Earth released a map showing dozens of planned new incinerator sites across the UK. The British government has committed billions to new incineration, while cutting budgets for recycling by 30 per cent.

Germany, which already has such an over-capacity of incineration that it imports millions of tonnes of garbage each year to feed its maw, is nonetheless planning 100 new incinerators. The Germany waste-disposal industry is lobbying fiercely to get the government out of regulating the sector.

Read more... from the Watershed Sentinel, November/December, 2009

Waste-To-Energy, Part 2 - Covanta

With the November 2009 release of Metro Vancouver's draft "Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan," the Greater Vancouver Region is formally on the path to building one or more waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerators by 2015. The Plan confirms that "Metro Vancouver will establish up to 500,000 tonnes per year of new waste-to-energy capacity within the region."

Although one local media outlet has interpreted that to mean "just one big incinerator to burn up to 500,000 tonnes of waste per year," the language is actually vague enough that it could mean the addition of one or even two incinerators per year of "new capacity." The WTE lobby group, the Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition (CEFWC), has defined a "Canadian-sized" WTE plant as one that burns up to 200,000 tonnes per year. At the November 23-24 "Waste-Based-Energy" Conference in Toronto, the managing director of the CEFWC (of which Metro Vancouver is a member) predicted that "we'll probably see three incinerators in Vancouver."

Read more... from the Watershed Sentinel, January/February, 2010

Waste-to-Energy Part 3 - The Next Generation "Waste Circus" Coming to Canada

In Canada, the federal government has been doling out funding to the waste-to-energy (WTE) sector, with billions of dollars available both for WTE companies and for municipalities to invest in WTE incineration via P3s.

For years, the point-man on the WTE incineration issue at the federal level has been Bob Mills, the five-term (1993-2008) MP from Red Deer, Alberta, and one of the original Reform Party MPs. Before retiring from office in 2008 to become the registered lobbyist for Ottawa-based Plasco Energy Group, Mills was the Alliance/Conservative environment critic (as of 2001), then a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (2005-2007), and then Chair of that powerful Committee (2007-2008).

Read more... from the Watershed Sentinel, March/April, 2010

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