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Impacts of China’s decision not to be global dumping ground

Transition Brockville / 16 April 2018

How might residential blue box recycling change following China’s decision to limit its intake of the world’s unwanted paper and plastic? What added costs might Brockville residents have to pay?

For the answers to these questions, Transition Brockville has invited Erik Lefebvre, district operations manager at Waste Management in Brockville, to give a talk at our next presentation, Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library. “Brockville is at the dead centre of what’s going on,” Lefebvre said in a conversation with Transition Brockville. In his talk, he’ll explain why.

As outlined in a recent CBC series on recycling, China was taking in about half the world’s unwanted paper and plastic for recycling when it decided last summer it would no longer be the global dump for some 20,000 tons of that material daily.

Sending recyclables to China was a cheap and easy solution for the developed world — including Canada — but a growing environmental nightmare for China. So last July, Beijing issued a list of 24 kinds of solid waste that it would no longer accept from the beginning of 2018. That includes textiles, mixed paper shipments and the low-grade polyethylene terephthalate used in plastic bottles, known as PET. It also imposed strict standards to avoid contaminated waste. China complained that too much of it came uncleaned and unsorted.

“[China’s new policy] is causing giant troubles for our industry,” Lefebvre said.

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North Grenville Rural Summit 2018


WHERE: Parish Hall, Kemptville College Campus, Kemptville
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Walk away with fresh, practical ideas and tools that you can use right away to build a business that will support you and your family.

  • How to start a home-based agri-business
  • Business planning
  • Funding and other support
  • Starting a livestock operationInnovations in small-scale farming
  • Increasing garden productivity
  • Multiple income streams
  • Sharing resources by starting a co-op

The one-day summit will feature workshops, a moderated panel discussion and a catered lunch of local foods.

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Don’t call it dirt! A report on soils workshop

Transition Brockville / 26 March 2018

Mary Ann Van Berlo, a Master Gardener from Maitland, gave a lively, fact-filled talk on soil improvement, “Don’t Call It Dirt!” at the March 25, 2018 Transition Brockville meeting at the Brockville Public Library. Her big “take-away” message was this: “If you want to improve your soil, ADD ORGANIC MATTER!”

Organic matter can add air spaces to any soil, from clay to sand. With organic matter, clay soils open up and allow water to pass through, and sandy soils are able to retain water longer. She demonstrated by taking a glass jar filled with pebbles representing sand grains and mixing organic matter (from leaf and yard waste, manure and compost) in with them, creating a soil that could absorb water. Then she took a glass jar with fine-grained stone dust, representing clay. Water poured on it would simply sit on the top, but mixing in organic matter opens up the clay, allowing water and air to get down to plants’ roots.

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Discussion and demo: Improving your garden soil

Transition Brockville, Brockville Public Library / 19 March 2018

In spring every gardener dreams of a beautiful, productive garden. The best way to realize that dream is to make sure your garden soil is healthy.

Following its presentation of the documentary Symphony of the Soil last month, Transition Brockville has invited Master Gardener Mary Ann Van Berlo to lead a lively discussion and demonstration on how we can improve our garden soil. She’ll present a short slide show at the next Transition Brockville get-together, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library. Then she’ll demonstrate how organic matter can improve the soil porosity of both clay soil and sandy soil.

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FAB Nature Camp registration

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network

Camp Registration is now open for the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Family of Nature Camps!

We have two great locations this season: Landon Bay Centre, Gananoque and Kendrick’s Park, Lyndhurst

Register online or visit us at one of the upcoming registration events:
April 7, 2018 at the Lansdowne Community Centre
April 21, 2018 at the Gananoque Arena

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Seedy Saturday 2018

Transition Brockville / Brockville Public Library

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