Wednesday, September 19, 2012
recycling bucket list and some sustainability tips
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
am 91 years old. There are several things I really want to see accomplished
before I leave for heaven.
1. City-wide pick up of organic waste (food scraps, grass, leaves and weeds)
in large green bins, composting it.
2. Compost supplied free in small bags to residents. Ordinary people can't
carry large amounts in their cars and they don't need much.
3. Simple but clear instructions on every bin. On three bins in a row I saw:
"Alternate paper". This one is clear, maybe?
"Trash". What is it?
"Recyclables ". Oh really?
So where does broken glass go? Where do colored newspapers and glossy
inserts go? Where do foam coffee cups go? Used paper plates?
4. Purchase of small pyrolysis equipment, to produce fuel oil. If set up in
a container car it can be moved from one landfill to another and used in
more than one community in turn. There are some now that reuse the fumes and
gas during the process, thus preventing air pollution and reducing cost for
electricity. I recommend Blest Company: plastic to oil www.bildaroo.com.
This process can produce three grades of fuel oil: gasoline, kerosene and
diesel. BOR-50 sounds suitable.
5. Banning the use of polystyrene for serving or selling of coffee, meat and
fast foods. Polystyrene is used for insulation of houses and for packaging
of electronic articles.
6. Instead of allowing huge lawns, encourage growing of herbs, legumes,
perennials and ground covers. Clover fertilizes lawns better than
fertilizers and requires less watering.
7. Ban or at least cut down on the use of herbicides and pesticides.
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