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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:45 pm
by deja vu



We have seen the signs, the bins for recycling, but how many really pay attention. The garbage dumps are on overload and the time is now to make the change. Only takes a minute to put the papers, glass, cans, cardboard in the proper bins. Its all over the news about how some cities are now banning the personal size water bottles you buy from a vending machine and some stores. Too many forget to recycle them and they end up in the dump forever. Problem is you can still buy personal size bottles of pop/juice from those same machines. Maybe if they made it mandatory across the board, many would not complain as loudly. I dont know why the elected officials think just removing the personal size bottles of water really solves this issue, when ignoring the other half of it. Does anyone recycle the clothes they are no longer wearing but are still in good shape?

Do you recycle at home, the office, school?

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:24 pm
by CielOnTap
At Art Center College of Design, sustainability meets form and function

ImageWally Skalij, Los Angeles Times
NEW LIFE: Spencer Nikosey made totes out of Army truck tarps and fire hoses.
The private college hopes to be a global leader in stylish designs that leave small carbon footprints and don't end up in landfills.
By Reed Johnson
March 15, 2009
Radhika Bhalla dreamed of empowering women in her native India by designing an attractive, multipurpose bicycle cart made of inexpensive, easily obtained local materials. At present, many rural Indian women must haul heavy loads of firewood and flour bags by hand, on foot.

Bhalla calculates that the new carts could save up to five hours of walking per day. That, in turn, could help win over husbands who traditionally don't like to see their womenfolk getting too mobile and independent.

"As long as there's monetary gain, men are interested," said Bhalla, a 25-year-old student at Art Center College of Design, the nearly 80-year-old Pasadena school that's one of the world's foremost hothouses of art and design innovation. ... 5777.story

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:42 pm
by CielOnTap
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Japanese give Paris tidiness lesson
Expats police storied streets for discarded waste but residents prove mostly indifferent

The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) The volunteers, from school-age to middle age, gather outside the Musee d'Orsay. They don emerald-green vests and mustard-colored cleaning gloves, methodically disperse and get to work.

City of blight: A Greenbird member polices the sidewalk outside the Musee d'Orsay in Paris on Jan. 31. Cigarette butts, food scraps and dog droppings litter the city. AP PHOTO

No directive is given. The only noise comes from their metal pincers scraping the surface of every sullied crevice between the stone steps of the famous art museum.

These men and women belong to an army of environmentalists who have made it their job to rid Paris' legendary monuments and streets of cigarette butts, food scraps, dog droppings and a host of other indignities. But most of the volunteers are not in fact French — they're Japanese.

Greenbird Paris is the first overseas wing of a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that has spread its antipollution message in Japanese neighborhoods since 2003. The Paris group debuted in March 2007 to clean up a city that has long been a favorite tourist destination for the Japanese. ... 325f1.html

The French perception of being all together in the style department does not extend to the sidewalk. Pity.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:46 pm
by CielOnTap
Eco-friendly labelling? It's a lot of 'greenwash'



1. Hidden trade-offs: A product that's eco-friendly in some ways, but not others, such as paper from sustainable forests that's bleached by methods that release dioxin.

2. No proof: A claim that can't be substantiated by easily available information or reliable certification, such as toilet paper claiming a certain percentage of recycled content, but without evidence.

3. Vagueness: A claim so poorly defined its meaning will likely be misunderstood. "All natural" isn't always non-toxic, for instance.

4. Irrelevance: A claim that may be truthful but not helpful – CFC-free is a frequent claim, but CFCs are banned by law.

5. Fibbing: False claims, such as products claiming to be Energy Star-certified that are not.

6. Lesser of two evils: A claim true within a product's category, but not for the category overall, such as a "fuel-efficient SUV."
98% of product claims fail 'sin-free' test, marketing experts say

Apr 17, 2009 04:30 AM
Catherine Porter
Environment Reporter

"All-natural" shampoo. "Planet-friendly" glass cleaner. "BPA-free" baby bottles.

The labels on 98 per cent of those good-for-the-earth-and-your-body items you fill your shopping basket with are lying, a new study shows.

Of the more than 2,000 self-described environmentally friendly products in North America examined by the environmental marketing firm TerraChoice, only 25 were found to be indisputably "sin free." The rest were greenwashing, a term environmentalists coined to refer to misleading environmental ads or claims.

Yes, you really have to know your products and the standards for "green products" before you pay for the labels. Nothing that some research can't help with!

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:38 pm
by smitty
Some places do not have the privilge. Like in my area or town we are charged for Blue Bags, to Black Bags, to Clear bags even if previously we could to an area to put in cradboard, tin cans, platic & such. Also the bags must be light, can only be put out every second week or so, but only the colour so demanded. Put out two different coloured ones & they pick up the one of such a colour that day. It is getting down to pick-ups are about every three weeks, yet we are charged weekly. Sometimes one has to wonder.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:24 pm
by CielOnTap
Better inquire what your weekly charge is paying for. I would not be surprised if it covers the public works staff in charge of the contract/service complaints to outside contractor, which is the actual service provider for the municipality. Local pickup of blue boxes and garbage are both contracted to private companies operating in other cities--no more unionized city workers collecting the day's output for several years now.

I think the pain of having to pay for waste and recycling is also due to landfills not being popular to buy in other communities, so city councils are trying to extend the life/lives of the ones they have.

Now, in Ontario, some of the major food stores charge 5 cents per grocery bag: Fortinos/Loblaws, Food Basics/No Frills (for some years already), Sobeys (as of May 1). I have noticed one family member is paying the bag fee but we have a few tote bags at home. This cost will add up. I made a point to buy two small tote bags when Fortinos sold them at 50% off (49cents instead of the usual 99cents) during Earth Week last month. Unfortunately, the large totes sold out rather quickly.

Compost bin/green cart-bags can be purchased to line the small kitchen bin and also the big wheeled cart. I say read the local free papers and line the bin/cart with them later. The small bags are in bundles of 10 and sell for $4.99 before taxes. That cost adds up-less money for necessity buys. The big paper bags are in bundles of 3-have not bought any at all. The bin/carts come in one size each--at least in Toronto, residents were able to order a wheeled cart in one of three sizes. I have read that Toronto townhouse surveys have a space problem with the carts and blue boxes on the limited steps/yards that each household has available to them. It would make more sense to have apartment size recycling/compost bins in townhouse surveys, and that residents use smaller boxes for indoor use. But that would be thinking, right?

Garbage will be a one can or one bag per residence deal next year but the limit is applied this spring already. A second bag of garbage has to be in a clear bag. Unless you are savvy enough to fashion one out of a drying bag or have a large clear bag from a shopping trip, there is another bundle of bags to pay for. Blue transparent bags are fine for recyclables but you have to buy them too. When you have papers shredded, those blue bags fill up over time, so they might not run out as fast as the compost liner bags.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 7:58 pm
by guitarblues
The business of where the garbage goes-really, the takeout food places will have to become non-takeout places for the garbage message to get through (out of space). Even for the toys with kids' meals-so much plastic gets shipped to North America so the youngsters can play while eating. Like the parents don't teach them table manners and what is fine to discuss over food and what can wait until the meal is over.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:07 pm
by CielOnTap
Going to remember to rinse/wash out those grocery bags? I do launder my woven tote bags every so often, but if a spill happens, then the bag gets washed after emptying. Plastic bags-I will rinse them out if a spill happens. Considering what medium produce grows with, you might want to wash the plastic bags out before their next use. Read on:

Study commissioned by plastics industry says reusable grocery bags dangerous
Wed May 20, 5:31 PM
By Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The growing popularity of reusable grocery bags could pose a health risk to Canadians by increasing their exposure to dangerous bacteria, says a study commissioned by the plastics industry released Wednesday.

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association hired two independent labs to conduct what it said was the first study of so-called eco-friendly grocery bags in North America, and found 64 per cent of them were contaminated with some level of bacteria. Bacteria

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 2:49 pm
by CielOnTap
Interview with Stockholm's chief executive officer mentions some of its public waste iniatives-burning waste for energy, biogas production, and garbage transportation.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 3:34 pm
by deja vu
Britains having a tough week. First the politicians and their bad spending habits and now this:

A study on recycling suggests Britons are the worst in Europe when it comes to recycling electrical equipment.

Computer manufacturer Dell found that fewer than half of UK residents regularly recycled old hardware, compared with more than 80% of Germans. Within the UK, the Welsh are the worst when it comes to recycling technology; almost 20% have never done so.

It is thought the UK creates enough electrical waste each year to fill Wembley Stadium six times over. Environmental consultant Tony Juniper said that lack of awareness was a serious issue

Boy do they need to get their recycling act together.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:19 pm
by CielOnTap
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
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
John Spears

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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:21 pm
by CielOnTap
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
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. ... -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. ... -bia9.html
The tax could prevent Australians from being lax about waste disposal as well as curbing consumer tendencies. One can go without television.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 pm
by CielOnTap
How a German town is working to save on streetlight bills--having a phone to request 15 min of light is different!

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. ... 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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:08 pm
by CielOnTap
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. ... 16-2060135

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:00 pm
by CielOnTap
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
CBC News
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." ... pages.html

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:18 pm
by smitty
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:02 pm
by CielOnTap
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. ... 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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:52 am
by CielOnTap
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:56 am
by CielOnTap
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
Patty Winsa
Urban Affairs Reporter
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. ... 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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:01 pm
by CielOnTap
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. ... 80351.html

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:51 pm
by smitty
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:03 pm
by sharkeys
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.” ... _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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:04 am
by smitty
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:46 pm
by guitarblues
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:45 pm
by smitty
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 1:50 pm
by deja vu
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. ... 7KYjFLBPKc

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".

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:54 am
by smitty
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:56 pm
by sharkeys
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:42 pm
by CielOnTap
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.

Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:58 pm
by dreamon
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. ... 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?