Kick­ing the plastic ad­dic­tion

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Edi­tor, Thank you for last week’s ex­cel­lent edi­to­rial on the world’s plastic prob­lems (March 28, ‘Our costly, plastic ad­dic­tion’).

The Chi­nese now don’t want the mix­ture of our plastic re­cy­clables. The mar­ket has now dis­ap­peared so the stuff now has to go to land­fill where it never breaks down.

As a vis­i­tor to your hos­pi­tal for three days I ob­served the plastic prob­lem in ac­tion. The per­son in the hos­pi­tal re­ceived ten plastic wa­ter bot­tles with straws plus sev­eral plastic glasses ev­ery day. The per­son in the next bed re­ceived the same things. All of them end up in re­cy­cle. Prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing on the meal tray was in plastic con­tain­ers in­clud­ing plastic glasses and plastic pill con­tain­ers, juice bot­tles and dessert serv­ings.

If there are 100 peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal that means they get 1,000 plastic wa­ter bot­tles ev­ery day. That’s 365,000 bot­tles a year from just the wa­ter. Bot­tled wa­ter is 300 to 800 times more ex­pen­sive than mu­nic­i­pal tap wa­ter and some of it al­legedly con­tains tiny pieces of plastic.

So the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter would ac­tu­ally be bet­ter for the pa­tients. I don’t have ac­cu­rate fig­ures on num­ber of pa­tients or the costs of bot­tled wa­ter, but the hos­pi­tal does.

My sug­ges­tion for the Alexandria de-plas­ti­ciza­tion project is a pi­lot project us­ing alu­minum wa­ter bot­tles that could be used, ster­il­ized and re­filled in the hos­pi­tal, if space is avail­able.

This would re­quire some mod­i­fi­ca­tions, but the equip­ment to do this could be man­u­fac­tured and fab­ri­cated by a lo­cal busi­ness. There is no need for this to be done by a transna­tional cor­po­ra­tion; it should be done by a busi­ness in town. If this hos­pi­tal vol­ume is too small it could be done at a lo­cal plant that could also sup­ply the hos­pi­tal, in Corn­wall, as they have ex­actly the same plastic prob­lems.

As a for­mer man­ager of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment (long ago) and a seed cap­i­tal ven­ture cap­i­tal con­sul­tant (long ago) your edi­to­rial ex­cited me and I would like to help any group that wants to look at the fea­si­bil­ity of do­ing this.

I will leave my email and phone num­ber with the edi­tor if any­one wants to make contact.

Jim Pur­die, Toronto

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.