To the Editor,
We should be adopting wide-spread sustainable practices in our community with creativity, commitment, integration, with time, effort and care.
Most garbage can be recycled. More than 80 per cent, with the technology that we have to do so at this point in time.
Let’s promote waste diversion by maintaining a clean environment in each city and township.
There are some great intervention ideas for waste management and reductions. For example; completely getting rid of non-biodegradable bags. Non-biodegradable bags end up in waterways, oceans and seas. They cause problems in compost facilities. They wrap around recyclable items.
As for packing items and food storage containers, instead of styrofoam items and such, which take up to and possibly more than 500 years to degrade, we should be using strictly bio-degradable materials.
Lastly, I would like to propose all-in-one recycle facilities. There are advantages including time, energy, labour time, costs and also property use. People have difficulty understanding the ‘dos and don’ts’ for recycle materials. Especially now, considering the constant advances in knowledge of new materials, which are newly capable of being recycled.
There are ways to create a stronghold containment factory-type facility for this proposal. With the right expertise, this facility can be managed with controlled stability, excluding ‘hot heat,’ or ‘greenhouse’ effects caused by hot gases which spread into the environment causing global warming.
Rebecca Brie CairnsNanaimo