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#241 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 04:31 AM

'It's deceiving Canadians': Hidden trackers reveal plastic recycling dumped in Canadian landfill

 

After several instances of Canadian plastic waste turning up overseas in places like the Philippines and Malaysia, CBC's Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic.

 

Journalists bought bales of film plastic ready for recycling, hid trackers inside them, and then re-inserted the plastic back into the recycling stream in British Columbia — the province known for having the most efficient recycling program in Canada.  

 

 

 

Only 1 company recycled the plastic

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...e-box-1.5299176

 

The two trackers in Merlin Plastics' bales ended up at a recycling processing plant in Delta, B.C., suggesting it was recycled.

 


 

Both of the GFL trackers went straight to a waste-to-energy facility, a landfill alternative that creates power by incinerating garbage.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, when Waste Connections picked up the bales of plastic, the company said it would send the material to a recycling facilityHowever, the trackers showed that the bales ended up in a junkyard in Surrey, B.C., as well as a landfill in Richmond, B.C. 

 


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#242 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:56 AM

It’s a critical project, because if nothing is done, the landfill will be full by 2045 and finding another site would be challenging technically and politically, officials say.

 

“So if we can make this last for another 55 years — and potentially longer — this is huge,” said Saanich Coun. Colin Plant, who chairs the CRD board.

 

He noted that the region is already doing better than the rest of the province, where the amount of waste ending up in landfills averages about 506 kilograms per capita. “But we want to be half [that] and I think we can do this,” he said.

 

Russ Smith, senior manager of environmental resource management, said one of the keys will be diverting construction and demolition material from the landfill.

 

Most of the work to divert waste from the landfill is being done by homeowners through curbside recycling, he said.

 

https://www.timescol...fill-1.23981824

 

 

i've often wondered about construction waste.   it's generally pretty clean and somewhat easily sorted.  doesn't drywall have some extended uses?  clean (unpainted) wood bits are easily burned as fuel.  i suppose glues and stains and paints and carpet and other flooring present more problems and they would be large parts of demolition waste.

 

what's our corrugated cardboard situation right now with regard to recycling?  that's likely on the increase with delivery (amazon etc.) increasing at a high rate.


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#243 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

More than 25,000 single-use items thrown out in downtown Victoria every day

 

 

https://www.vicnews....oria-every-day/

 

City staff say more needs to be done to prevent single-use items from going to the landfill

 

 

easy.  build a transfer/sort station at rock bay.  employ casual/homeless to sort.  garbage heads to the landfill and the recyclable goes to the various streams. 

 

 

but why are we one of the last canadian cities to have single garbage bins around street corners?  it's already well-known our citizenry is happy to diligently sort at home.  why no option at the street bin?

 

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#244 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:22 AM

The study found on average that Victoria residents and visitors throw out 25,000 single-use items per day. This includes 13,000 paper cups, 6,300 food containers and 5,800 straws as well as half-a-tonne of food.

 

 

 

 

although that does not seem too extreme.  i think what you'd mostly expect to find is fast food leftovers/garbage/wraps/bags.  candy bars and chips bags.  dog crap bags.  some light items packaging (buy a set of earbuds or some mittens and thrown away the wrap/tags).  that's all i thrown in downtown bins.  


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 08 November 2019 - 07:26 AM.


#245 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:07 AM

but why are we one of the last canadian cities to have single garbage bins around street corners?  it's already well-known our citizenry is happy to diligently sort at home.  why no option at the street bin?

 

Many of those self-sorting bins in other cities are just feel-good installations. The big issue in recycling is "contamination", and all it takes is one broken glass bottle in the container bin, or one half-eaten burger in the paper bin, to ruin the load. That happens all the time, especially in a downtown with lots of tourists. It's much easier to control for contamination via the blue-box, and train residents over time with info campaigns and by refusing misplaced items ... like the CRD has started doing, making residents separate glass from other containers.


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#246 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:31 AM

'It's deceiving Canadians': Hidden trackers reveal plastic recycling dumped in Canadian landfill
 
After several instances of Canadian plastic waste turning up overseas in places like the Philippines and Malaysia, CBC's Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic.
 
Journalists bought bales of film plastic ready for recycling, hid trackers inside them, and then re-inserted the plastic back into the recycling stream in British Columbia — the province known for having the most efficient recycling program in Canada.  
 
 
 
Only 1 company recycled the plastic
 
 
https://www.cbc.ca/n...e-box-1.5299176


Is it possible the recyclable material was contaminated? Among other things possibly with a GPS tracking unit

#247 Love the rock

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:40 AM

I know of one big company who has recycling bins conveniently placed for tourists and others in their space . Guess what it’s all a show it goes in the garbage.

#248 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:46 AM

Is it possible the recyclable material was contaminated? Among other things possibly with a GPS tracking unit


If the system is working properly shouldn’t the GPS unit be caught and sent to the landfill?

#249 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:48 AM

I know of one big company who has recycling bins conveniently placed for tourists and others in their space . Guess what it’s all a show it goes in the garbage.

 

 

2015:

 

 

 

Canada's largest coffee chains are misleading customers about what happens to cups collected in their in-store recycling bins.

 

A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that many paper cups collected by some Toronto Starbucks and Tim Hortons for recycling are sent to landfill, not to a recycling plant as many may believe.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...cling-1.3278648


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 08 November 2019 - 10:48 AM.

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#250 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:49 AM

If the system is working properly shouldn’t the GPS unit be caught and sent to the landfill?

 

these were clear bales of recycling material.  their content was not in question at pick-up.



#251 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:57 AM

these were clear bales of recycling material. their content was not in question at pick-up.


Couldn’t/wouldn’t the purchaser sort the recycling for a more refined product?

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#252 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:07 AM

2015:
 
 
 
Canada's largest coffee chains are misleading customers about what happens to cups collected in their in-store recycling bins.
 
A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that many paper cups collected by some Toronto Starbucks and Tim Hortons for recycling are sent to landfill, not to a recycling plant as many may believe.
 
https://www.cbc.ca/n...cling-1.3278648


The trackers appear to have a red light on them.

#253 Matt R.

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:50 AM

Salt Spring is about to lose it’s only heavy metal recycling facility, as the Islands Trust is starting to crack down on the zoning non compliance and will be issuing the operator $1000 daily fines if he continues.

Lots of politics and rumours going around of course, but at the end of the day there will be nowhere to bring our large scrap metal and the concern is that much of if will simply end up in the environment, like it used to before the operator started up.

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#254 Love the rock

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 12:46 PM

2015:
 
 
 
Canada's largest coffee chains are misleading customers about what happens to cups collected in their in-store recycling bins.
 
A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that many paper cups collected by some Toronto Starbucks and Tim Hortons for recycling are sent to landfill, not to a recycling plant as many may believe.
 
https://www.cbc.ca/n...cling-1.3278648

Guess this is standard practice . The one I’m thinking about would shock some because of who’s involved. Can’t name names because it’s second hand information by an employee.

#255 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 12:55 PM

The one I’m thinking about would shock some because of who’s involved. 

 

greta thunberg?

 

 

mr. floatie?

 

 

david suzuki?  bill nye or al gore?

 

 

leonardo dicaprio?



#256 Nparker

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:30 PM

Comrade Isitt?



#257 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:57 PM

Not rocky the recycling pup!?
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#258 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 04:28 PM

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#259 todd

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:52 PM

Son of a ***** dogs will always bury.

 



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