Vancouver wants to dramatically boost its Washington-bound exports of one product it has too much of: trash.
And why not? Canadians would pay more to cover the cost of sending trash trains to a landfill on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, helping the economy of rural Klickitat County, according to the Seattle P-I. At the landfill the trash would be turned into sellable energy.
The shipments would begin just ahead of the supposedly eco-friendly Olympics and, predictably, the idea is already riling residents who live along the prospective route of trash trains. Whistler and Seattle already export their trash elsewhere in the region and other reports suggest there may, in fact, be other B.C. alternatives.
But the richest part of the P-I article is the appeal to regional sympathy by one of the proponents:
Marvin Hunt, a councilor in Surrey, B.C., and chairman of the Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee, said the garbage shipment is just temporary until a new facility is ready in the province.
"This is the Northwest. We feel like this is all family here in Cascadia," Hunt said.
"We have a little problem right now, and when you have a problem, you ask your brothers and sisters to help you out."