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Killer Waste

Bottle caps, pen lids, twist ties, that little piece that snapped off your kid’s toy the other day.  Individually these items and others like them may seem small and harmless, and individually, for the most part, they are.  Sadly if they are not disposed of properly and recycled these small pieces of plastic will become lethal for sea birds and other forms of marine life.

A study of albatross chicks on Midway Atoll, a tiny island in the center of the pacific ocean, found that forty percent died before fledging: their stomachs packed with plastic debris that their parents had mistaken for food.  If this is happening thousands of kilometers from any major population centers, imagine what the waters off the coasts of our cities must look like.

Please reduce the use of disposable plastic products and recycle what you can to divert all these little, lethal pieces of plastic from our landfills and oceans. If you need a little inspiration scroll down!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog for July 2015 Killer Waste

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Waste to Energy a “hot” topic!

I’m for Waste to Energy because, realistically “Zero Waste” is a ludicrous proposition. I absolutely support reducing (not eliminating) the garbage we create but we’ll forEVER generate garbage.  FOR EVER!  Burying this commodity doesn’t seem wise to me.  It seems to me, that we have the option to recycle the by product of our existence (the garbage) by turning it into energy to power our lights, and heat our greenhouses.

Thinking of new, innovative ways to recycle and reduce is laudable, but in the mean time, I have to say, burying energy in the ground is a bit silly. The people that I’ve spoken to that are hungry to create energy from our waste say that they lack guidelines to which to adhere.  In much the same way we have to have our cars pass Air Care, they’ll keep their smoke stacks polluting at manageable levels.

A goal of zero waste seems to keep metro Vancouver diverting about 70% of it’s waste.  As long as the regulation exists to either maintain the status quo of 70% diversion or increase that, then I think burning that 30% and turning that waste  into energy deserve real serious consideration.

I’m not a huge fan of the never ending, paralytic, back and forth conversation ad nauseum. Whatever the answer is, I’d like to see some action one way or the other.

Here’s what the professional writers at the CBC have to say on the topic and both sides of the debate are explored.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/06/23/bc-garbage-burning-gvrd.html

There seems to be people very passionate on both sides of the debate.  Does anyone out there care to weigh in?

A worker at the GVRD waste to energy plant looks on as garbage is incinerated to be turned into electricity and steam energy. (CBC)

A worker at the GVRD waste to energy plant looks on as garbage is incinerated to be turned into electricity and steam energy. (CBC)

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