Material recovery facilities provide an opportunity for private sector to continue bringing innovative and effective solutions for progress towards regional or municipal recycling goals.
How would Metro Vancouver taxpayers benefit from a material recovery facility?
Establishing private sector material recovery facilities in Metro Vancouver would create no increase in taxes or user fees, and no added impact on municipal budgets. NextUse’s proposed facility in Coquitlam would be built and operated at no additional cost to taxpayers and residents/businesses.
Alongside NextUse, other BC entrepreneurs are poised to invest upwards of $100 million dollars to build modern facilities that would pull out and recover recyclable material from the unsorted waste stream and ensure valuable material does not continue to go straight to disposal at an incinerator or a landfill.
Local government has not typically played a role in the disposal end of the waste management process, other than through licensing. The Coquitlam facility proposed by NextUse is a viable option that could operate within the existing regulatory context for our region. Residual material from the facility would go to a regional disposal facility determined by Metro Vancouver.
In the past, the private sector has stepped up to help the region reach its waste reduction goals. This can continue. More recycling and more jobs, with no increase in fees, taxes, or impact on public budgets. Private companies can focus on maximizing recovery for the purpose of recycling, leaving government budgets to focus on priorities like public transit, water treatment facilities and public safety.
What is there to lose?
Metro Vancouver’s incineration plan would cost taxpayers more than $500 million, and increase waste disposal fees by 40% or more.
Advanced material recovery facilities can be built and operated by local companies, with no increase in user fees or taxes, and no added impact on municipal budgets.