Canadians Strongly Support Waste to Energy – Poll

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 10, 2014

1 Min Read
Canadians Strongly Support Waste to Energy – Poll

The Canadian waste-to-energy (WTE) market has tripled in growth in the past eight years, and a recent poll of residents showed that more than two-thirds of Canadians favor waste to energy.

WTE was seen favorably by 69 percent of Canadians, in a poll by Nielsen earlier this year. Natural gas followed at 59 percent, oil at 37 percent, nuclear at 34 percent and coal at 19 percent. The only alternative fuels that scored better in the poll were solar at 90 percent and wind at 75 percent.

Among WTE technologies, gasification received the most positive support at 60 percent of the respondents, followed by feedstock recycling and solid recovery fuel. Mass burn combustion achieved 50 percent support, according to a news release.

There also is a range of WTE plants and equipment under consideration.

Additionally, the poll reported that that 90 percent of Canadians prefer that non-recyclable plastics go to a WTE facility rather than a landfill.

The poll also showed that Canadians are willing to accept consequences with their WTE choice, as 63 percent of respondents indicated they would support a WTE operation in their immediate community.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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