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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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New garden book club

Cosies British Café, Well Grounded Gardens

This is for both the garden and book enthusiast to share an afternoon of conversation and ideas about garden books and gardening while enjoying a cosy refreshing break with friends.

If you are interested in joining us, contact wellgroundedgardens@gmail.com or 613-498-4475 for more information and to register for the first session Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Space is limited so be an early book worm.

Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 07 April 2018

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the fierce of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

“We know we are closing, that’s for sure. Our last week will be a question of clearing out remaining inventory,” Manley 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.

[ MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION ]

Frontenac Co. seed companies: And then there were three

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 18 March 218

A new partnership of three experienced seed producers (Kathy Rothermel, Frank Misek and Annie Richard), Kitchen Table Seed House offers certified organic herb, flower and vegetable seeds grown on Wolfe Island. With Kathy’s market garden experience, Frank’s culinary expertise and Annie’s plant breeding interests, Kitchen Table seeds will be “putting flavour on the table”. Their seeds will be available at Riley’s in Kingston, Sun Harvest in Glenburnie, Schell’s in Bath, Fargo’s on Wolfe Island, Burt’s Greenhouses in Wilton, and Willows Agriservice in Harrowsmith. For more information, go to kitchentableseedhouse.ca or contact them at info@kitchentableseedhouse.ca or 613-385-8569.

Kitchen Table Seed House joins two other local seed companies in Frontenac County. [ more… ]

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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Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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