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Waste incinerator sought
A mega-million waste to energy plant is being pitched to the North Okanagan.
Hak Sung Lee, a director with Vancouver’s Cankor-Pacific Waste & Energy made the presentation to Spallumcheen and Enderby councils Monday.
The $100-to-$200 million plant would be located on private land in Spallumcheen, owned by Splats’in First Nation member Gerald William, near Hullcar and Salmon River roads.
William, the band and Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes have thrown their support behind the initiative.
“Our aim is to reduce greenhouse gas, convert waste to energy resources and provide alternative solutions to landfills which contaminate our resources such as water, soil and air,” said Lee.
The company hopes to get all of the garbage and waste from the entire Thompson, North and Central Okanagan regions.
The first phase of the plant would collect about 400 tonnes of garbage per day.
It could result in spin-off products like a cooling warehouse, a hydroponic greenhouse and a 100-unit co-operative housing plan.
“The waste to energy plant would create jobs and vocational training that supports the plant operation and maintenance,” said Lee.
Such a plant would be odour controlled and would likely take almost three years to build.
Lee said the next step is to conduct a feasibility study for the plant, which the Township of Spallumcheen supports.
“This could be a viable option especially with our landfills nearing the end of their lifetimes,” said Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma.
Hansma pointed out to Lee that the Regional District of North Okanagan is responsible for solid waste management, and that his presentation should be made directly to the regional district board.