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About Waste-to-Energy Facility

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Metro Vancouver's Waste-to-Energy Facility has operated in Burnaby since 1988 and currently handles about 240,000 tonnes of garbage per year — roughly a quarter of the region's garbage. It is a mass-burn facility that turns waste into electricity — approximately 180,000 MWh/year, (enough to power 16,000 homes) — and recovers about 5,000 tonnes of metal annually. Metro Vancouver sells the electricity to BC Hydro​ and the metals to a local recycler.​

 

 

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​In 2018 Metro Vancouver introduced technological improvements to increase metal recovery at the Waste-to-Energy Facility by installing an eddy current separator to separate non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminum from bottom ash. A second magnetic separator increased the recovery of ferrous metals.

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Throughout its over 30 years in service, the facility has performed considerably better than the required regulatory emissions standards.

Metro Vancouver's facility undergoes continuous operational improvements and frequent upgrades and is equipped with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment, resulting in extremely low levels of air emissions. Stack emissions and air quality around the facility have been monitored since the facility opened in 1988. Emission summaries are reported monthly to the BC Ministry of Environment, the City of Burnaby, and the Fraser Health Authority.

The facility is approved by the BC Minister of Environment through an Operational Certificate which sets requirements related to the facility's operation, including emissions limits, monitoring, reporting and publication.

See the Environmental Monitoring page to view up-to-date data on emissions from the Waste-to-Energy Facility.

Interested in a closer look at Metro Vancouver's W​aste-to-Energy facility? Take a tour!

We are working with teachers to update the Waste-to-Energy Facility Tour. We anticipate opening requests for this tour to Grade 5 classes in spring 2024.

To book a tour for university groups or other interested community groups, call 604-432-6200 or email icentre@metrovancouver.org.

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Location

  • 5150 Riverbend Dr
    Burnaby, BC V3N 4V3

 Related links

 

 

Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility Brochurehttps://metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/Documents/wtef-fact-sheet-2019.pdf, Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility BrochureMetro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility Brochure
Solid Waste Facilitieshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/solid-waste-facilities, Solid Waste FacilitiesSolid Waste Facilities

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