Transition Brockville / 08 August 2016
There were some surprises at the Talking Trash event, held in partnership with the City of Brockville on July 24. Did you know that take-out coffee cups are not recyclable? Lyndsay Price, the City’s solid waste officer, clarified the best handling for a number of items questioned by our visitors.
- Waxed Paper: GARBAGE, as it cannot break down properly for the recycling. May be used for compost instead.
- Plastic Bags: GARBAGE. Try to reduce plastic bag waste or reuse them if possible. Some stores also have special drop-offs for recycling plastic bags, so save them to drop-off next time you go in. Check out this website for further reference: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01_search.html.
- Tin Foil: RECYCLE, if reasonably clean.
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Mother Earth News / Joanna Poncavage / February/March 2015
So, is recycling worth it? In short, yes. But, to keep it effective, the way we think about waste must shift away from mindless consumption. Even as we’re recycling more, we’re creating more garbage — 4.38 pounds per person per day in 2012, up 63 percent from 2.68 pounds in 1960. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the total amount of garbage for the same period increased by 183 percent, from 88.1 million tons in 1960 to 251 million tons in 2012.
To cut back on most materials, adopt a BYOC mentality: Bring Your Own Containers, such as cloth sacks or glass jars, to grocery stores for transporting produce, bulk foods, and meats and cheeses from the deli counter. Take containers to restaurants for carting home leftovers. Purchase reusable drink canisters. Try your hand at making your own condiments, body care concoctions and cleaning products. Read on to find extra reduction tips for when you can’t cut consumption.
When you do recycle, keep in mind that some substances are more worthwhile to recycle than others, depending on the energy required to extract the raw material, and the environmental footprint the substance leaves behind. Following is a list of materials, information about the worth of recycling each one, and tips for how to follow the Three R’s in the right order: reduce, reuse, and, finally, recycle.
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Transition Brockville / 15 July 2016
On a sunny summer Sunday afternoon, what could be more fun than taking the family cycling down the new Brock Trail extension to St. Lawrence Park for a swim, an ice cream cone and a good hands-on education in what’s trash and what’s recyclable among the stuff that clutters our homes and garages?
“Talking Trash,” a free public event being held the afternoon of July 24 in the West Pavilion at St. Lawrence Park will help everyone figure out where they can dispose of items from batteries to cell phones, old clothes to old paint. Come with photos or electronic images of the items you need to recycle or dispose of and show them to the city’s solid waste coordinator, Lyndsay Price.
Price is only one of the people who’ll be on hand that day to inspire citizens to reduce, re-use, recycle and properly dispose of stuff. Sponsored by Transition Brockville, Talking Trash also features a display of Tasha Thorpe’s “Steampunk” art from recycled items; Habitat for Humanity, which recycles household items and construction materials; and Butler’s Creek Community Garden, showing kids how to make seedling pots from recycled newsprint.
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Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 June 2016
To help divert more waste from landfill, the province has passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act that will:
- encourage innovation in recycling processes and require producers to take full responsibility for their products and packaging
- lower recycling costs and give consumers access to more convenient recycling options
- help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution that results from the landfilling of products that could otherwise be recycled or composted
- overhaul Waste Diversion Ontario into the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, a strong oversight body with new compliance and enforcement powers that will oversee the new approach and existing waste diversion programs until transition is complete.
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Transition Brockville / 28 January 2016
Our guest speaker from last Sunday, Agata Bedynski, has kindly made her slide set available. She writes:
I’d like to say to all of you folks on the Transition Brockville steering committee — my heart feels so much warmth and empathy for you — you are doing a wonderful job of informing those around you about a better way to live on the Earth. So much respect goes out to you for your work and dedication, even though at times I can imagine that you put in a lot more than you may see coming back to you. Such is the nature of this work, but I know your hearts are telling you to do it, and there are those out here that recognize your input to making life on this planet more sustainable, rational and humble. In the end you are doing something positive and creative in putting forth solutions to our worldly problems– all of your energy and time has a payoff, even if you don’t always see results immediately. I love what your group is doing in your local area. Thank you for your good work!
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