BURLINGTON, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's
announced support for incineration of the province's waste is based on poor
science and takes Ontario in the wrong direction, Environmental Management
Solutions Inc. (TSX: EMS), Canada's leading integrated environmental services
company, said today.
"The fact is that there is no technology that can incinerate waste
without producing greenhouse gas emissions," said EMS President and CEO Tony
Busseri. "Premier McGuinty may be intrigued by unproven technologies that may
create a few research jobs, but the people of Ontario should be concerned that
incineration could pump hundreds of thousands of metric tons of greenhouse
gases into the atmosphere annually. The small amount of energy that could be
produced is not worth the environmental or financial cost."
Mr. Busseri added: "We are Canada's largest composting company, treating
more than a million metric tons of organic waste every year, so we have a
clear interest in seeing policies that encourage composting. But so does every
resident of Ontario who wants a cleaner environment and fewer tax dollars
being spent on waste management."
EMS believes that Ontario is better served by more government support for
a range of waste management solutions, such as reduction, recycling and more
environmentally sound approaches to divert waste from landfills and
incinerators. These would include composting, which can treat the solid
organic waste which constitutes at least 40% of Ontario's total household
solid waste. The end product can be beneficially reused safely and cleanly in
a variety of applications.
While incineration and landfills contribute to increased climate-changing
greenhouse gases, composting actually absorbs and reduces carbon dioxide
equivalents (eCO2) in the atmosphere. Based on the full analysis of the
environmental cycle to treat one metric ton of waste, incineration produces
0.26 metric tons more eCO2 than composting and landfills add 1.04 metric tons
of eCO2 more than composting.
"Composting is simple, clean and proven. It is beneficial to the
environment. But the Ontario government has not been supportive of the
development of new composting facilities that could quickly help the
government achieve its own goal of 60% diversion of waste from landfill
sites," Mr. Busseri said.
The economics of waste management also support composting since, unlike
incineration, governments would not have to invest in composting
infrastructure. Furthermore, the cost of waste management for municipalities
could be reduced by policies that would encourage private sector investment in
composting in Ontario.
"There is probably a place for incineration in the hierarchy of waste
management technology solutions, but it should rank well below others such as
recycling and composting. Yet the Premier has given it high priority despite
the evidence from environmental studies and the practical experience of cities
around the world, including Toronto," Mr. Busseri said.
"There is no single "magic bullet" for Ontario's waste management crisis.
Certainly, it is not greenhouse gas-producing incineration. What the province
needs is a balanced approach that includes treatment technologies that are
appropriate for the range of waste that is increasing every year," he said.
"Given the public's growing concern about the effect of emissions on our
climate and rising municipal taxes, it is stunning that Premier McGuinty would
not take into account the inevitable emissions from incineration."
Environmental Management Solutions Inc. is Canada's leading integrated
environmental services company specializing in the management of organic-based
waste streams and contaminated soils, with an emphasis on beneficial reuse.
EMS offers cost-effective solutions to municipal, commercial and industrial
clients in Canada, the northern United States, England and France through its
subsidiaries: Biogénie Inc. for site assessment and remediation, GSI
Environment Inc. for organic waste management, and; Tanknology Canada Inc. for
tank testing and calibration.
Environmental Management Solutions is listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol EMS.
For further information:
For further information: Investors: Tony Busseri, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Environmental Management Solutions Inc., (905) 335-2100 x
22; Media: John Lute, Lute & Company, (416) 929-5883 x 222