Jan 30/08: Delta Wants Say On Delta Landfill ...
Delta is telling Metro Vancouver not to assume the municipality
will accept a new garbage deal for the Vancouver Landfill.
"The message is we have a contract that's legally binding and council
has to concur with the proposal," said Delta chief administrative
officer George Harvie.
Last Friday, the Metro Vancouver board voted in favour of a
recommendation that would make the landfill in Delta's Burns Bog, in
addition to one in Washington state, become the primary regional
disposal sites until waste-to-energy incinerators can be built. If
approved, an additional 350,000 tonnes of garbage would be added
annually to the Vancouver Landfill.
Metro's plan came about after the regional district gave up trying to
develop a landfill on a ranch it owned in Ashcroft. Natives there
resisted the idea, which had been in the works more than a decade.
Because the regional district's other main landfill site in Cache
Creek is about to reach capacity and close by 2010, it has left
regional officials scrambling to find an alternative.
Delta Coun. George Hawksworth said he only learned about the new plan
from what he read in the newspapers. He said the proper procedure
would have been to consult Delta and the City of Vancouver, which
operates the landfill, first.
He said Delta has no information, including how many more garbage
trucks would be headed there as well as the other waste disposal
"I want assurances Delta is back in the picture," Hawksworth said.
"Delta citizens should have some say in the matter."