Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Between the Lines
a critical look at Waste Management World magazine
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
is my first concern:
1. All of your articles seem to be about converting plastic into biogas. I
want waste plastic products made into lumber, furniture, sports equipment,
textiles, insulation and other useful products.
I am against
biogas. Why? It is a cop out, a short cut to nonsense. It produces
too much carbon and pollutes the air, water and land. It increases
Have you any references about producers of constructive products?
Would you please publicize them. I want no more publicity about
My other serious concerns are:
2. What is being done to stop the production of and to replace
polystyrenes (Styrofoam), both foam and solid forms? The solid type
is made into picnic cutlery, toys and many popular products. It is
refused for recycling. There is a vast amount of it in our land
fills. What can be done with it? Yet it is used as packaging
material for the sale of meat, radios, toasters, computers and
electronic products. It is also used when our homes are insulated
and when we have a party or a coffee break.
3. What is being done to clean/remove the vast amount of plastics
swirling in the oceans and lakes? One gyrating mess of broken
plastic balls, nets, toys, buckets and bottles is the size of
British Columbia, and there are others in all the oceans. Much is
floating. More is in tiny bits sinking down to the ocean depths and
filling the gills of fish. So-called biodegradable plastic is slow
to break down and only breaks into tiny bits. It doesn't dissolve.
One of my answers is for a philanthropist or an NGO (non-government
organization) to buy a fishing trawler and made a contract with a
university to provide scientists from several disciplines, to use it
as a practical means to gather in floating plastic. Interns could be
involved in both the daily tasks and in a variety of scientific
research from engineering to biochemistry to nursing to
oceanography. Right on board the ship the waste plastic could be
sorted, crushed and made into lumber and other useful products. A
mission NGO might also want to stop at ports where there has been a
disaster and use the lumber to help build houses. There actually are
mission ships that could add this role to their work of teaching,
health care and evangelism. A California university is using this
method to provide fuel for their research ship. I am against biogas
production, but in this case it might be scientifically safe.
Kindly circulate this enquiry/protest in Waste Management World
About the Myrtle Macdonald
She is has a M.Sc. Applied (in Nursing
Research and Education), McGill University.
She is a retired
registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local
chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. Myrtle was a street
nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned
92 in June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
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