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Waste to energy advocate in Nanaimo to talk benefits of Metro Van. approach

The Urbaser-Wheelabrator-Seaspan partnership that’s hoping to get a contract to incinerate Metro Vancouver garbage at Duke Point has been working on a public outreach campaign.

And yesterday, the Executive Director of the Canadian Energy from Waste Coalition was in Nanaimo.

John Foden says there’s a need to increase public understanding.

There’s already been plenty of opposition, organized in large part by the Sierra Club.

Foden says much of the conversation at yesterday’s invite-only event was around what he calls the myths, including claims incineration would draw material out of the recycling stream and slow the drive by many communities to achieve zero waste.  He says waste to energy goes after the material that can’t be diverted any other way.

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Foden says his basic message is pretty simple.

The proposal for Nanaimo isn’t the only one in the running for a contract with Metro. Aquilini Renewable Energy, working with the Squamish First Nation, is proposing a facility near Port Mellon on the Sunshine Coast.

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