We can all make a difference
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.”