This article by investigative reporter Bob Mackin appeared in Business in Vancouver on September 6, 2013. It is an important topic, as it relates to waste management, air quality, public investment, and costs eventually borne by taxpayers. Excerpt:
Metro Vancouver’s garbage and recycling committee narrowly defeated a proposal September 5 that the B.C. Chamber of Commerce feared would lead to a monopoly and hence higher prices for garbage disposal.
The proposed bylaw (known as Bylaw 280) sought to require garbage haulers to use the regional district’s nine mixed-waste facilities, instead of private operators. The proposal was favoured by the committee’s chair, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, and vice-chair, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan. A 6-5 majority led by Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer defeated the plan.
But the measure may not be dead. The committee also voted 6-5 to ask the Metro Vancouver board to strike a task force to revise the bylaw.