There is a lot of truth in this post. Especially the highlighted statement.BigBacala wrote: ↑Nov 9th, 2017 11:51 amWe produce the most garbage because we probably import the most garbage per capita in the world as well. Just think of all the garbage from Appliances alone. When our washers, dryers, refrigerators, drives and dishwashers were made in Canada they lasted 2-3 even 4 times longer than all this Samsung crap coming from Asia.
My washer and dryer are 26 years old, dishwasher 17 and my refrigerator and stove were both over 20 years old still working, but only replaced due to remodeling. If you want to produce less garbage press the government to focus on bringing manufacturing jobs back to Canada where we can produce high quality again.
IIRC there are border areas in Canada, that have been IMPORTING US Garbage for years... as in literally their garbage, as they are claiming that they are running out of spaces for landfill.
Want to make a change... then lets start there!
As for Recycling & Composting, I think that some Municipalities are doing a better job than others, especially in regards to the diversity of items they recycle, or how they organize Hazard Waste Depots, Community Yard Sales & Giveaway Days etc.
Could we do a better job... ya for sure.
But overall we do a far better job than south of the border. If one travels, that is the first thing that strikes you... how little goes into their Recycling stream. It is truly shocking if you are at someone`s home or business and ask... Where Does This Go
They look at you like you are an alien with 2 heads... and point to the Garbage Can.
When you have the convo with them (say they are a friend or work colleague) they are truly AMAZED that we have Recycling Streams for so much stuff here (Pop Bottles - PET Plastics - Glass - Tin - Aluminum - Newsprint - Glossy Paper - Wrapping Paper - Fine Paper - Shredded Paper - Cardboard - Boxboard - and Organics... and that is just curbside)
I remember the early 80s before Municipal Recycling, when we had small kiddies... our weekly Garbage produced was HUGE... like 3 or more Green Garbage Bags full. After curbside recycling we got down to one a week. Since Green Bin Organics, the city only picks up Garbage every other week, and we put out a kitchen catcher type bag. Green Bin is every week, Recycling every week alternating Paper with Containers... all of those are full. To think all this used to go into a landfill most of it NEVER to rot away is mind boggling.
Then add in the big stuff as @BigBacala has said... Appliances, Furniture, Building Supplies etc. Again stuff that NEVER rots away.
Its good that more and more places are making and effort to recycle or reclaim from waste... electronics that are taken apart... Appliances, Furniture and Building Supplies that are salvaged. Mind you people have to make the effort to separate their stuff and perhaps call for a pick up etc.
That's the key challenge though... getting people aware & also involved in the process. So it becomes second nature to do it, vs just throwing it out in the trash.