We can all make a dif­fer­ence

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

North Glen­garry’s waste man­age­ment predica­ment has prompted many com­ments on The Glen­garry News Face­book page.

Many had sug­ges­tions on how in­di­vid­u­als can make a dif­fer­ence. Here is a sam­ple of the feed­back we got.

Ja­cob Belle­feuille: “I am an en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­ni­cian at St. Lawrence Col­lege Corn­wall and would love to put my in­put on this. I cur­rently re­side in Glen­garry, like the ma­jor­ity of you. The is­sue here is that China has put harsher laws on want­ing ‘clean’ re­cy­cling, mean­ing no con­tam­i­na­tion of food or other by-prod­ucts. An ex­am­ple of this would be the lovely pizza boxes we re­cy­cle ev­ery week or two. We all un­der­stand that plas­tic bot­tles and bags are ter­ri­ble, but there’s no stop­ping that at such a small level. The idea here is to ask ev­ery res­i­dent of Glen­garry to con­tinue re­cy­cling and don't give up hope in our fair towns. Every­one knows that reusable wa­ter bot­tles and bags are a good solution and con­grats to all res­i­dents who use them. It is true that the head peo­ple of prov­inces and states make the de­ci­sions but one per­son can't re­cy­cle the en­tire coun­try's prod­ucts. That comes to the in­di­vid­ual level. Take time to wash the milk car­tons, rinse those cans of soup and make sure there’s no con­tam­i­na­tion of the prod­ucts you re­cy­cle. Our town's fa­cil­i­ties do the best they can to sort the prod­ucts out so you don't have to but they can't suc­ceed if they are given bad re­cy­clables to be­gin with. Land­fill sites are al­ways bad and ware­house storage is a tem­po­rary solution. Try to keep plas­tic to a min­i­mum as it is the most harm­ful. Our coun­try is cur­rently tied up between the U.S. and China but I en­cour­age all of you to stay pos­i­tive.”

Gail O'Con­nor: “How about fam­i­lies in­vest­ing in a wa­ter cooler at home in­stead of buy­ing wa­ter bot­tles?”

Suzanne Blouin: “Not wait­ing for pro­duc­ers and ven­dors to act. I bring my own con­tainer to buy meat or fish and have peo­ple at the counter stick the price on it. I also have small cro­chet bags to carry a few toma­toes or or­anges. I choose to pay for a lit­tle ex­tra weight to avoid the sty­ro­foam flats and small plas­tic bags. What are your sug­ges­tions?”

Sean Mullin: “It is time to force re­tail­ers to re­duce the crazy amount of pack­ag­ing on prod­ucts .”

Car­i­lyne Hébert: “I'm glad North Glen­garry is shed­ding some light on this ma­jor is­sue. We have started a group with Tran­si­tion Corn­wall + that is all about the waste prob­lem and things we can all do to make a dif­fer­ence. Please like our page Waste Re­duc­tion Ac­tion Group. We are just get­ting go­ing but hope to do ed­u­ca­tion and work­shops. We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to live a low im­pact life. This is a solution we can all be part of!”

Darcy Neal Don­nelly: “It is only a crit­i­cal prob­lem be­cause gov­ern­ment ought not be oper­at­ing com­mer­cial en­ter­prises.”

Geneviève Malouin Di­raddo: “Swe­den's re­cy­cling pro­gram is so ef­fec­tive that the coun­try keeps run­ning out of trash.”

Jamie Keyes: “Why don’t you add 10 cents to a bot­tle of wa­ter or pop? Set up re­cy­cle cen­tres and give back 5 cents for ev­ery bot­tle that you col­lect. This would cre­ate jobs and free up a bunch of waste from your land­fill.”

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