Hog Fuel

As a citizen of Vancouver I’ve been interested in how the city has been transforming as a result of city planning, immigration, real estate speculation and the political will of some to make this the greenest city in the world. As a photographer I find industry a limitless source of iconography. Sometimes destructive. Others constructive. Always visually fascinating. In this case we see that in order to claim a green end to an unrelenting demolition of liveable houses, in Vancouver we grind up the walls, ceilings and floors of thousands of tons of demolition debris. And we burn it as “hog fuel”. Thousands upon thousands of square feet of living space burned as green energy. While indeed we are significantly reducing the scope of our landfills, and providing inexpensive hog fuel to industry for power, how green is it actually?