Friday, November 13, 2015

Citizen opposes incineration at Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill

Delphine Crayford, Letter to the Editor

I find it very interesting that the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association is once again promoting their plans of incineration at our landfill by claiming there is an overabundance of dead animal carcasses entering its gates and that we need to find a solution to this problem when, in fact, there are other means of disposal available. They also claim it will help with bio security problems in regard to dead carcasses that their staff deal with. If they are so concerned with an overabundance of animal carcasses and bio security, why did they just recently enter into a poultry contract with CFIA and CBSA?

Another reason the landfill says they want incineration is because we are running out of room. Meanwhile, they have numerous contracts with other communities to bring their garbage here and recently, they sent an RFP to Canmore for a possible contract with them.

Several semi truck loads of garbage enter our landfill gates on a weekly basis from British Columbia. Some of which contain asbestos from Vancouver! According to the 2014 Environmental Services Annual Solid Waste Report, findings on page 7, between 2013 and 2014 the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill accepted 15,563 metric tonne of garbage from the East Kootenay Region alone. So, just how much garbage is actually being imported to our landfill exhausting its life span? This is a serious question we, as citizens, should be asking our local government.

The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill is operated as a non-profit organization and, as far as I know, built to support our local regions. I think most would agree, importing other peoples’ garbage from outside of our region only helps their communities’ environment, not ours! A far more effective way to reduce the amount landfilled, and help ensure our environment’s future, would be to simply stop importing all of this extra garbage. Certainly not make matters worse by bringing in an incinerator!

After our open house with Dr. Connett, I was told we need to accept outside contracts for all of this extra garbage to help keep our local tipping fees down. I say balderdash! I for one, think that paying a few extra dollars in tipping fees to ensure our area is not polluted any more than it needs be, makes much more sense.

The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association also states they run the landfill with moral, ethical and environmental responsibilities, and to suggest burning valuable fossil fuels in order to incinerate solid waste of any kind, is not acceptable. A much wiser and guaranteed safer plan would be to simply reduce the actual amount of garbage entering the landfill gates and continue to facilitate more effective ways to recycle our own. This would truly be a good way to reduce our environmental footprint and also ensure our residents quality service for years to come.


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