Hello and Welcome
This is the first article in a series highlighting recycling in our city of Winnipeg, as well as tips and tricks to educate our online community about the environment. I am thrilled to be the "scribe" for this series, as recycling and the environment are high on my list of passions.
Having lived in Germany for many years, it almost "spoiled" me for the rest of the world, and especially North America. I learnt to dispose of waste in the most economical way, and it really became a way of life for me. Canada is moving forward in this respect, however, there is much still to be done, especially in Winnipeg. We will work with what we have, and I'm sure in 5 year's time, we'll look back and say...."do you remember when......?"
Think about the simplest thing. Why do we have plates, mugs and flatware at Fellowship, instead of paper plates and plastic cutlery? Washing up items instead of throwing them away actually saves money and the environment. Many people are not aware that the city of Winnipeg does not recycle disposable coffee cups. The reason is that they are made with a waxy coating, so that the paper does not become saturated and leak, or worse, burn customers. Heaven forbid, there might just be a lawsuit! Knowing this, we can now see why there is no reason to place the cups in the recycling bin.......they would take far too long to decompose.
Many cities in other Provinces have arrangements with recycling businesses so that various types of waste can be recycled and made into useful products. The city of Winnipeg is not at that stage as yet; whereas the town of Guelph in Ontario is almost a model example of what can and cannot be reused. In 2012 their diversion rate was 68% of what was collected as recycling, and compares somewhat favourably to some cities in Europe. Winnipeg is at a lowly 15% however, plans are in the making to up that to 35% by 2016. This is where we all can pull together and "do our bit" to help the city attain these goals. The more we separate our garbage and make the right choices even when purchasing something less packaged, the sooner we'll be reaching those goals. Remember, it's not only for us. It's for the environment as a whole and to enable future generations to live a cleaner, healthier life.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this! Blessings.....Cheron Long-Landes (C) 2014