Village of Gold River

Village of Gold River

August 27, 2009 14:36 ET

BC Government Decision to Ban Waste Export Paves Way for Growth in Energy-From-Waste

Village of Gold River Sees Decision Setting the Stage for Development of the Gold River Power Project

GOLD RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - A garbage export ban being considered by the Province of British Columbia supports a made-in-BC solution to Metro Vancouver's waste management challenges and the development of a state-of-the-art Energy from Waste facility in Gold River. The proposed project would complement Metro Vancouver's long-term plans to convert post-recycled waste into energy and fit into the region's overall integrated waste management plans.

"With yesterday's announcement, the provincial government has recognized the intrinsic value that can be found in harnessing the clean energy potential from our waste stream and paves the way for the development of the Gold River Power Project," said Craig Anderson, Mayor of Gold River. "The project would transform the abandoned Gold River pulp mill into an Energy-from-Waste facility that would be an important source of renewable energy for the region. It would also provide a much needed economic boost to the Village of Gold River and the entire BC economy. Now more than ever, we need to encourage investment that will lead to increased economic activity and job creation."

Covanta Energy Corporation and Green Island Energy have proposed to build the Gold River Power Project, which could be fully operational by 2013. As part of an integrated waste management plan in Metro Vancouver, the facility would convert the region's post-recycled municipal solid waste into 90 megawatts of clean, renewable energy annually. Importantly, the project also fits into Metro Vancouver's long-term plans for developing additional Energy-from-Waste capacity in the Province.

According to a recent AECOM waste management report commissioned by Metro Vancouver, an Energy-from-Waste facility located within the Province is among the preferred options for dealing with the region's municipal solid waste that will require disposal after the Lower Mainland has achieved a recycling rate of 70 percent by 2015.

The Gold River Power Project would provide for a more environmentally responsible means of solid waste disposal than landfilling waste and enjoy economies of scale that would provide the Province with cost-effective and sustainable disposal capacity. An independent economic impact study, by noted economist Roslyn Kunin, also concluded that the Energy-from-Waste facility will generate over $500 million dollars in economic activity during construction and another $30 million in economic activity annually once operational. It will create 350 construction jobs, 130 full-time operational jobs, and 575 indirect jobs.

The Gold River project has the support of the Village of Gold River, Strathcona Regional District, Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Council of Chiefs of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations.

Contact Information

  • Village of Gold River
    Mayor Craig Anderson
    Media Contact
    cell 250-203-6731 or office 253-283-2202