- Selecting appropriate disposal option critical to bridging gap to Zero
VANCOUVER, June 25 /CNW/ - A recently completed study by Dr. Jeffrey
Morris of Sound Resource Management Group, Inc., a noted international
economist and life cycle analysis expert, found that recycling and composting
in Greater Vancouver far outweigh disposal in terms of mitigating the
environmental impacts associated with products and materials in the waste
The study examined two different scenarios: a base case (status quo as of
2008) and a Zero Waste scenario, the latter of which assumes that waste
diversion was increased from the current 53% level to beyond 80% over a 20
year planning horizon. Achieving the Zero Waste objective Dr. Morris
identified in his study will result in a reduction of over 4 million tonnes of
Dr. Morris's conclusions point to the need for a Zero Waste strategy that
prioritizes the diversion of all organic waste to composting systems,
maximizes the effectiveness of existing recycling programs and initiatives,
and accelerates the development of new diversion efforts such as Extended
Producer Responsibility (EPR) initiatives.
Given these conclusions, Dr. Morris stressed that disposal options, such
as landfilling and incineration, should be seen only as an interim solution
necessary to bridge the gap between the present situation and a zero waste
"Disposal options must be assessed in terms of their flexibility and
whether they will facilitate or hinder the achievement of zero waste," said
Dr. Morris. "Under these conditions, we found that disposing of municipal
solid waste in landfills better meets this objective compared to incineration
in three key environmental impact areas - climate change, human health and
The study was commissioned by Belkorp Environmental Services to assess
the environmental impacts associated with the existing solid waste management
system in Greater Vancouver. Copies of the Morris Study will be available
online at www.belkorp.com.
"Dr. Morris is a global leader in life cycle analysis and his work sheds
new light on the environmental impacts of disposal options at a time when our
region is making critical decisions about its solid waste future," said Ted
Rattray, President, Belkorp Environmental Services. "We will be sharing his
work with Metro Vancouver, the BC Ministry of Environment and other interested
stakeholders, such as the Recycling Council of BC, to add to the body of
knowledge on this issue and to help ensure we are collectively making informed
decisions about our solid waste future."
Belkorp Environmental Services is currently involved in recycling and
waste disposal services in Greater Vancouver and actively supports the
adoption of a zero waste philosophy by Metro Vancouver. Belkorp designed and
built the first cardboard recycling plant of its kind in BC. It also built the
first newsprint de-inking and recycling facility in the province, owned and
operated a used oil recycling plant in North Vancouver, and was part owner of
an organics composting facility that was eventually bought by the Village of
Whistler and relocated in Whistler.
The company's subsidiary, Wastech Services Ltd., handles municipal solid
waste under contract to Metro Vancouver, operating four waste transfer
stations and the Cache Creek Landfill. Wastech also operates a cardboard
baling facility, a wood waste recycling facility and recycling depots at each
of its transfer stations.
In this study, Dr. Morris applies a comprehensive life cycle analysis
approach to the assessment of two scenarios for managing municipal and
demolition/construction solid waste streams generated in Greater Vancouver.
Life cycle analysis as applied to solid waste management systems is a
technique for assessing cradle to grave environmental impacts associated with
production, use, and discard of products and materials in our society.
A fact sheet outlining the key findings from this report is available at
Dr. Morris was the keynote speaker at the Recycling Council of British
Columbia (RCBC)'s 2009 Conference.
For further information:
For further information: Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Sound Resource Management
Group, Inc., (360) 867-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org; Saphina Benimadhu,
Longview Communications Inc., (604) 694-6036, email@example.com