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Post by CielOnTap » Sat May 23, 2009 6:19 pm

This new plastic bag rule in Toronto isn't just for the grocery stores--it is for all stores. I cannot see boxes being offered to take home drycleaning in, nor paper bags for a bulky clothing purchase (i.e. coat). Restaurants are going to have to juggle more customer expectations with takeout orders or leftovers going home--several boxes are going to need a bag.

Few retailers happy about bag-fee policy
FACTS ABOUT THE FEE
Toronto's plastic bag fee takes effect on June 1. According to the city's website, here's what to expect:

Retailers must charge a minimum of 5 cents for each plastic shopping bag requested by the customer. If plastic retail shopping bags are not offered, retailers must provide a free alternative that is recyclable (i.e., paper bag, cardboard box).

The bag charge, detailing the number of bags dispensed to the customer and the total amount charged, must be recorded on the receipt (if one is issued).

Retailers must accept the use of any reusable containers (i.e., cloth bags, bins, boxes) brought in by customers to carry their purchases.

Retailers are entitled to keep the money received from the plastic bag charge.As date nears for 5-cent charge on plastic sacks, some shop owners are confused, others defiant.
May 23, 2009 04:30 AM
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Cathy Dernick's eyes widen in surprise as she learns that come June 1, she's supposed to start charging customers at her north Toronto women's clothing shop five cents for every plastic shopping bag they use.

"I didn't know that," says Dernick, then adds: "Poop. In this economy."

Only the word she used wasn't "poop."

Welcome to the front line of Toronto's new rule requiring all retailers to charge five cents for each single-use plastic bag as of June 1.http://www.thestar.com/news/article/639193
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Post by CielOnTap » Sun May 24, 2009 9:21 pm

Australians have a reason to be ashamed about their e-waste: only 4% is dealt with in the country and cargo ships headed to Asia were brought back, as they carried Australian e-waste.

Toxic Australian e-waste dumped on China
Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter

May 22, 2009

$35 waste tax to keep old TVs out of landfill
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ILLEGAL shipments of electronic waste from Australian homes - old computers, televisions and mobile phones - have been seized from cargo vessels, part of a little-known smuggling trade that fuels child labour and toxic pollution in China.

Since the start of last year, 12 ships carrying "e-waste" have been intercepted leaving Australia for Asian ports without hazardous materials permits, including four so far this year, Australian Customs and the Department of Environment confirmed yesterday. These seizures were the tip of the iceberg, recycling industry sources told the Herald.

Only about 4 per cent of the nation's e-waste is recycled, the Environment Department says. Most of the rest goes into landfill, and an unknown proportion is shipped overseas illegally.http://www.smh.com.au/environment/toxic ... -bh6f.html

Then there is the matter of paying a television disposal fee in Australia:

$35 waste tax to keep old TVs out of landfill
Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter
May 23, 2009
AUSTRALIANS face a new tax on electronic goods such as televisions and computers next year - in return for guarantees the electronic waste will not be dumped in landfill or shipped overseas.

The Federal Government is also considering a national scheme for refunds on bottles and cans and will hold public consultations.

But the national plan to ban plastic bags, which the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, had backed unequivocally in the past, appears to have been dropped.http://www.smh.com.au/environment/35-wa ... -bia9.html
The tax could prevent Australians from being lax about waste disposal as well as curbing consumer tendencies. One can go without television.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 pm

How a German town is working to save on streetlight bills--having a phone to request 15 min of light is different!

06/22/2009
Village Develops Street Lights-on-Demand System
In an effort to save money, a village in central Germany has opted to turn off its street lights. But residents have no need to be in the dark: Using a mobile phone and code, they can order lighting for up to 15 minutes.

A village in central Germany has patented a new way to cut electricity costs without leaving its more nocturnal residents in the dark -- with street lighting that can be ordered by phone.

The village of Dörentrup in Lemgo county -- located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Hanover -- decided to turn off street lamps earlier on some of its roads a few years ago. With a dearth of drivers using the stretches at night, it made no sense to keep the lights on all night long. http://www.spiegel.de/international/ger ... 30,00.html

It might affect travellers' ability to see house numbers and streets signs if they don't know the area nor the method of obtaining light. But residents still have to have a mobile phone in order to make use of the new light system.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:08 pm

Corporate cleanup in Switzerland--staff does some good and a popular spot gets lightened up.

P&G sends 600 staff for Geneva cleanup
by Malcolm Curtis
Geneva - 08 July 2009 | 11:00
American multinational Procter & Gamble sends almost a quarter of its staff from its European hadquarters in Geneva on a one-day campaign to clean up the city's popular harbour walkway area. Hundreds of employees are engaged in the blitz to remove cigarette butts and garbage from the area ringing Lake Geneva in an operation coordinated with the city’s public works department. A spokeswoman from the company says it is part of a broader effort to reach out to the community.
International companies are sometimes accused of not fully integrating with the communities where they operate in Switzerland but one American multinational took action on Tuesday to prove the opposite.

Procter & Gamble, the consumer goods giant, arranged for 600 of its employees to help out in a clean-up blitz of Geneva’s harbour front, known in French as the “Rade.”

As part of a public-private partnership, the employees picked up cigarette butts and litter along the walkway around Lake Geneva, one of the most heavily visited spots in the city. http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/business ... 16-2060135
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:00 pm

The telephone directory represents the digital divide between individuals relying on the print directories and others who'd rather use the online version. Then there are the distribution jobs at stake if delivery is discontinued. How to resolve the directory dilemma?

Quebec man targets Yellow Pages drop-off
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 | 6:11 PM ET
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A Montreal man fed up with the thick Yellow Pages brick delivered to his house every year has launched an online campaign to organize a mass return of the book.

"I get that in the past, it was useful, when there was no internet," Bohbot told CBC News. "But these days, there are more people with internet than not." http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story ... pages.html
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Post by smitty » Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:18 pm

In regard to fast food places to some restaurants. I have noted when riding along the mountain roads, that close to some town or even a mobile home place there will be the orange/red bags at the road side. Meaning some of those living in said areas are out trying to clean up all the things throwen out of cars & so much of it comes from the fast food places.

Obviously on a m/c I cannot be throwing things out to the ditch for I must have both hands on the handlebars & there simply is no way to eat or drink something WITHOUT loosing one's best concentration of the road to the traffic. True a few might, but so few & they are indangering themselves though not realizing it, since a m/c is only two wheels that require BALANCE while a car is self-balanced with four-wheels.

True I might be chewing on a small square of gum, which keeps my salava working as it should, as I do in gym work or such. When one of the gum containers becomes empty I will dump it into the waste-bin at home or at a sensible place AND NOT throw if off to the side.

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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:02 pm

Smart meter phase-in sparks cost fears
By Tyler Hamilton, Energy and Technology Columnist
Published On Fri Oct 30
Hey big spender, want to become part of Toronto's power elite? Do your laundry and run the dishwasher in the late afternoon.

About 250,000 households in the city are now on time-of-use rates, meaning they will be charged a premium when using electricity during weekday peak periods and get a discount when power is consumed overnight.

"By January we should have pretty well all residential customers on time-of-use pricing," said Blair Peberdy, vice-president of marketing and chief conservation officer at Toronto Hydro Corp. http://www.thestar.com/business/article ... cost-fears

This phase-in seems more suited to homeowners rather than renters. Renters do not really have as much control over utilities as people who live in homes do. For example, drying laundry on balconies could be banned but homeowners with backyards could have clotheslines or drying racks for laundry items. Another thing about density housing-if you vaccuum or have kids making noise while playing at what normal are sleeping hours,you will have irate neighbours complaining or knocking on your door to keep the noise down. Also, some sounds might not be welcome at night even if electricity rates are cheaper then.

I sense that there will be a huge shift in habits but one cannot fight physiology to sleep when needed then prolong the the "awake period" to get the laundry or dishes done on cheaper rates. This is a tax grab that will hurt fixed income residents the most.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:52 am

Even Walmart will be charging 5 cents per bag as of April 22 (Earth Day). I was leafing through the current flyer bundled with a local paper.

At least with Walmart, customers know that the store won't be using the money for a charitable donation that the store will claim. The proceeds of bag sales, less the cost of the bags, will be used on future Rollbacks on Green products. So there are three weeks to anticipate the change.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:56 am

Plastic, glass and paper pile up as recyclers close
Slump in blue-box market leaves municipalities scrambling to find new buyers
Published On Mon Apr 26 2010
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Some GTA municipalities are scrambling to find markets for blue-box materials after three major recyclers suspended operations in recent months, including a Brampton plant that was the first and only dedicated recycler of polystyrene foam in Canada.

The Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association closed last month, for the second time in less than three years, leaving Toronto without a local end market for the foamed plastic electronics and food packaging that it began collecting at the end of 2008.

And broken glass is piling up at Toronto sorting plants after recycler Unical in Brampton closed due to financial difficulties last week. The glass processor opened in the summer of 2008 with a $1.75 million investment by industry-funded Stewardship Ontario, which shares the cost of municipal recycling programs. Toronto sends about 1,250 tons a month to the plant.http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article ... lers-close

Paper, of the newsprint variety, remains useful: liner for green compost carts, packing material for moving or shipping items, drying material for wet shoes (really works to wick water out!), quick firestarter, insulation, etc.

Those treats that come in the plastic bakery boxes are too convenient, since the boxes are not easy to recycle nor to sell to post-consumer users and manufacturers.
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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:01 pm

Plastic? Not so fantastic
By SUZANNE ELSTON, Special to QMI Agency

Last Updated: July 3, 2010 12:00am
Last month California became the latest jurisdiction to ban the use of disposable grocery bags. The California ban, which will be phased in starting in 2012, was crafted by assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who cited threats to marine life as the driving force behind the legislation.

“By passing AB 1998, California will signal to the nation its commitment to wean itself from a costly single-use carryout bag habit that is threatening marine life and spoiling our waterways," said Brownley. She estimates that single use plastic bags are responsible for the injury or death of at least 267 species globally. Collecting and disposing of plastic bags cost California $ 25 million annually.

It's a trend that's increasingly gaining ground. Last year, Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program called for a global ban on plastic bags.http://www.torontosun.com/life/greenpla ... 80351.html
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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.

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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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