Covanta Burnaby Collective Agreement
The Metro Vancouver Waste-to-Energy Facility is an award-winning facility owned by Metro Vancouver in Burnaby, British Columbia. The plant processes approximately 25 per cent of Metro Vancouver`s recycled waste sustainably, mainly from North Shore, Burnaby and New Westminster. Waste-to-energy takes non-hazardous waste – which is normally destined for landfills – and burns it to produce steam for electricity generation. The ashes are processed to recover metal for recycling, while all gases are collected, filtered and cleaned before being safely released into the atmosphere. Less waste in landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 237,000 tonnes of CO2. It`s like taking 46,000 cars off the road for a year. As facility operators, we not only keep waste away from landfills, but also commit to maximizing safety and minimizing environmental impact. We use waste to generate 23.9 megawatts of electricity 24 hours a day – enough to power 19,000 homes for a year. We take care of our communities and work well below the emission limits.
More than 99.9 per cent of what comes from our plant`s battery is what you would normally find in the air: water vapour, nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Other voters fall significantly below federal and regional standards. In addition, 6,230 tons of metals will be recovered each year for recycling – enough to build 5,000 cars. Each year, our plant processes more than 281,000 tonnes of waste that would otherwise have been dumped.