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Post by smitty » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:51 pm

We to have run into similiar savings. Like I must have 5 or 6, speciaL woven ones of them in the basement to be put into service when shopping & usually I have another 6 of them in my mini-SUV for good reasons.

We are NOT alllowed to deliver garbage & paper/plastic goods to the big garbage space. We are forced to put garbage in BLACK or Dark Green containers of a light size on just certian days of the month. Same with plastic/paper goods in the smaller Blue container while pruinings or grass or such goes into an orange or clear plastic container. They all must be light & light enough to where I can pick any of them up with my pinky finger. If I miss a given day then tough luck also I keep my plastic bags inside my home & away from dogs, coyotes, bears & such.

We use to be able to dump off cardboad stuff to a lot, but not any more as they must go into the smaller blue container & some cardboard boxes are LARGE like my 8' long rowing machine that also has some depth & still cannot find out how to cut it all up as of some 4 yrs of suffering.

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Post by sharkeys » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:03 pm

Garbage hotel opens in the Madrid city centre

January 20, 2011 — Madrid, Spain (Reuters) A new hotel made with 12 tonnes of rubbish opens in central Madrid to raise awareness of the environmental damage experienced by the world's oceans.
Madrid welcomed a new and unusual hotel on Thursday (January 20) in the heart of its commercial centre off the busy Gran Via.

The Corona Save the Beach Hotel, designed by German eco-artist H.A. Schult, has no intentions of competing with The Ritz or any luxury hotel: it's built using 12 tonnes of garbage collected from the beaches of Spain, Italy, France and Belgium, rubbish dumps and flea markets.

The goal of Schult's installation is to raise awareness of the damage consumerism has on the world beaches.

“We must know and we must understand that the oceans are the biggest garbage dumps of the world,” Schult told Reuters Television. “The garbage of Europe meets the garbage of Australia, the garbage of South America meets the garbage of North America, in the oceans.” http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/s ... _category2

The writeup does not say how long this hotel will last (imagine how ripe it could smell in spring!). Imagine, a beer company sponsored this project! Blue Flag--something tourist books mention as to whether a beach can be swum in or not. If you are travelling and want the beach experience, you don't want to swallow water that can give you the runs or worse.
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Post by smitty » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:04 am

I try to carry several of the woven bags in my SUV when I am grocery shopping. Now once in a while I end up with a normal plastic bag, but that is put to use as the kitchen sort of garbage bag for the black on & know that black one is light enough to be lifted with the pinky & thumb of either hand. Same with the blue on for plastics, tins & such.

I have been discouraged by worn out clothing or shoes since I do not wear oxfords, like dack, Florsheim, & some other good ones for the place I deliver them to simply puts all of them in the garbage a the dump.

Have any of you noted that some younger women can make sort of caps or hats out of woren out clothing. I had some good climbing knickers, to slacks I would give to them, BUT the fad has sort of fadded off.

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Post by guitarblues » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:46 pm

Patching things up or making something new out of something old can keep some people happy in terms of making their own clothing and keeping them creative.

You only need to find a community group that is big on recycling and sewing-clean free clothing and fabrics can still get some interest if you get the word out on free classifieds or connect with someone.
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Post by smitty » Thu May 10, 2012 12:45 pm

A thing that I thought to be useful, were caps or hats made out of jeans.

I hoped I could obtain the address of one of those makers for I have on pair of wool mountain climbing knickers used enough to where my late mother had to patch up on the butt section, but the others had only been used once. Though have a cord pair of climbing knickers, but they show in being toren up & stitched, but still would be different.

Now if someone was set on older jeans YES I have quite a number of them other that past years just waiting to patch up the knee of one of my size. Just have to find the person to do the sewing.

Though think I know of a married woman, that does drapes to many other sewings.

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Post by deja vu » Tue May 15, 2012 1:50 pm

The biannual Living Planet report is designed to call attention to the Earth's "invisible economy," said Emily McKenzie, the director of the WWF's Natural Capital Program. Natural resources — and the rate at which humans burn through them — rarely appear on policymakers' balance sheets, McKenzie said.

But humanity is essentially in debt to Mother Earth, conservationists find. As of 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, humans were outstripping Earth's biocapacity by 50 percent.

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According to this, what we destroy in a year it takes 1.5 years for Mother Nature to restore. Somewhere in the future, whether near or far, she will shut down and run out. This reminds me of the movie "Day after tomorrow".
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Post by smitty » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:54 am

guitarblues, when it comes to me building up dark coloured garbage bags or blue ones for plastics, tins, excessive paper plus plastic containers I use for orange juice. These are all down in the basement & the basement is where I spend most of my time at the PC, TV, reloading, taking down to clean & prepare the guns for action.

I am lucky if the firm picking up the garbage bags in dark green or black to blue in papers, plastics, tins & such. Sometimes they will only pick up the 1/4 full garbage bage one & leave the two in blud that are very light. Never figured that one out to be honest with you.

Any of the above are not seeked upon by bears, coyotes or such. Not even dogs left out over the evening.

One day I could hear them comming so was standing in my drive-way with two Blue bags & this time they did not ignore them, but took them from my hands.

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Post by sharkeys » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:56 pm

Earth Day is two days after Easter, on Easter Tuesday. Expect to see promotions for cleanup days prior to or after Easter.
Wouldn't hurt to collect some of the visible garbage in nearby parks, the tossed items off the streets or sidewalks (so many plastic bottles and coffee cups,etc.) or greenspace near wetlands. Mama and Papa birds won't like you near their young ones or the nests, so be careful. Since it's chilly cold and the ground is semi-soft, you might be able to bag up one or two bags of litter without sinking into mud. Gloves or small plastic bags over the hands are a good idea and sanitizer too. If you are feeling ambitious and using large garbage bags, figure out how to weight them down in the breezes or see if you have a wheeled cart that can be brought along.

Snow's not gone yet but there lots of litter showing its colours now. The stringy bits or fiddly litter can wait for warm spring days. There's too much to cleanup so go with the easy stuff. Large stuff might need someone to drive it to the dump or left at the curb for pickup-check your local rules.

Be careful around waterways-now is not the time to go on a waterbank--you'll likely fall in and search and rescue might not be able to fly to you.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:42 pm

Still exert caution around ditches/canals/water sources-it is muddy now that it's spring and snow has signalled its retreat from southerly areas in Canada. Water levels can be high and currents fast-not sure you would like to find out how swift your life can change if you fall in.

Doing your spring cleaning and have old cellphones/computers or tvs? Ads promoting e-waste collection days should be coming up fast like spring flowers. Check to see if a service group or municipal department have established a place for you to bring your electronic appliances for drop-off for safe disposal or recycling.
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Post by dreamon » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:58 pm

Smart meters are in the news again. This time in the US and some concerns about invasion of privacy.
The information gathered from smart meters includes unencrypted data that can, among other details, reveal when a homeowner is away from their residence for long periods of time. The electric wattage readings can even decipher what type of activities a customer is engaged in, such as watching TV, using a computer or even how long someone spends cooking.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/17/is ... latestnews

Two sides of the coin with this one -

It's a given that pikes in usage will go up when using the TV, computer, doing laundry or cooking. If it is true that it can read specifically what you are doing, that may become an issue of invasion of privacy for some.

Then I thought about the fact that TV/Internet providers basically have that same access, so why are they worried about the smart meters knowing this?

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Post by trailblaze » Mon May 12, 2014 4:42 pm

But according to Jeff Linton, who is with the Alberta Bottle Depot Association, gable top containers are less recyclable than PET plastic water bottles. "When that container is recycled, 100 per cent of that PET material is captured. When the paperboard or the gable-top material is recycled, only the paper is recovered and the other layers of material are not recoverable, and so are lost to the recycling process. Their goal in recycling gable tops is to achieve a 75 per cent recovery of material," said Linton.

He also said Albertans recycle plastic water bottles 15 to 20 per cent more than gable top cartons. But Rotchild said Boxed Water is Better is getting people thinking about packaging. In the end though, he suspects it's just marketing. "What you're seeing in places like California and Colorado, they've made movements to ban plastic water bottles. So I wouldn't be surprised if these very gifted marketing people at Boxed Water is Better are using that as a way to say, 'This isn't a plastic water bottle — this is boxed.'"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/w ... -1.2640080

Glorified tap water and only their word that it is actually put through the system before being boxed and shipped. Plus the not so eco friendly adds up to a marketing ploy, that may not pan out in the end if people start educating themselves. Pass for me on this one, not into glorified tap water.

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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:20 pm

The 4Rs in the title are super important at this time of year. So much goes out to the garbage can but some effort could redirect items to charity or secondhand stores, organizations that can use things in their activities or help someone else out. Or the green cart or blue bin recycling programs can take some things and do something new with them.

It does not hurt to take paper and pencil or pen and write down the things that you felt were worth the effort and which things were not worth the effort to buy/use/dispose. Then save the page for the next occasion that involves purchasing decisions that create a potential garbage increase. You won't wish to spend money doing that again.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri May 19, 2017 8:44 am

How much trash can be deposited daily on a remote island courtesy of ocean gyres? Too much. Introducing Henderson Island and its daily receipt of plastic from elsewhere.
By clearing a part of a beach of trash and then watching new pieces accumulate, Lavers said they were able to estimate that more than 13,000 pieces of trash wash up every day on the island, which is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) long and 5 kilometres (3 miles) wide.

Henderson Island is part of the Pitcairn Islands group, a British dependency. It is so remote that Lavers said she missed her own wedding after the boat coming to collect the group was delayed.

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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:42 pm

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday on the Gregorian calendar or Mardi Gras as it's known in New Orleans.

Recently New Orleans crews did some cleaning of the underground wastewater pipes and found a significant weight of bead necklaces blocking some infrastructure. The discovery is leading to discussion on ways to contain where the beads roll after parades to minimize future blockages. The city experienced some flooding last August and thus the cleanup ensued.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/ ... ent/95574/
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Post by Speak-Ez » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:10 am

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Is there something wrong with the idea of making the beads from some inexpensive material that degrades and disappears after X number of days.

We need some more information about these beads. Like who makes them and for whom?

Maybe there will be an edit here. Let me go find out what's what.

EDIT: Amazing! This seems to indicate they care about this Down Under: http://theconversation.com/the-destruct ... bead-71657

Here we are at LSU: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf ... beads.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:18 am

Actually, China has closed access to almost all of its market for recycled materials effective as of January 1.

Considering that the US grows a significant amount of corn and there are such things as corn-based plastic utensils that are said to be biodegradable, there is a possibility for the US to use corn for beads. But ethanol, fuel derived from corn, remains a hot commodity in alternative fuels and thus caused the spike in corn commodity prices (remember when corn cobs were seen as a wood alternative for stove/oven use not so long ago).

Canada has the presidency of the G7 group in 2018 and one of the five themes the government will focus on concerns the environment--including oceans.
https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/themes/
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:24 pm

Ready for plogging? It's jogging and also stopping to pick up trash along the way. There are groups in various countries organized by ploggers.
Plocka upp. “Pick up.” The garbage, that is. And darned if those admirable Swedes don’t do it while jogging.

Plogging, they call it. The hottest thing to come from Sweden since ABBA or IKEA or Borje Salming or Greta Garbo.

Plogging is born, apparently, of an almost unstoppable annual force meeting the easily moveable objects of winter.

Spring finally arrives. Snow duly melts. And months worth of urban debris is revealed in all its ugliness.
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I sometimes pick up trash on can walks if I have an extra bag and am near a public trash can. I often find prepaid cards or loyalty cards, debit cards and other treasures (Cash) on the ground on these walks.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:44 pm

The Volvo car company has a goal of eliminating single-use plastic utensils within their plants as well as at corporate events by the end of 2019.

https://www.wheels.ca/news/volvo-dumps- ... -plastics/

Volvo is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holdings (Geely for short) of China. Readers may recall that at the start of this year, China banned the import of plastics from outside of its borders so many North American cities lost an important recycling market for their post-consumer items.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:30 pm

I can understand contact lenses being accidently left in a body of water if a surprising wave during swimming or surfing cause someone to lose them. But deliberately flushing contact lenses down toilets or sinks? Water systems cannot deal with their weight. Contact lenses are the other problematic plastic after microplastics, microbeads and plastic beverage bottles.
In the United States approximately 45 million people wear contact lenses, and between 15 to 20 per cent of wearers dispose of their lenses by flushing them down the sink or toilet. They are made out of a plastic that is denser than water, which causes them to sink and accumulate at the bottom of wastewater treatments in giant masses that weigh between 6 and 10 metric tons.
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