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SHOUT OUT TO ALL THOSE STARBUCKS FANATICS!!
(They now have Xmas themed reusable cups!!)
CHECK THIS OUT!! It’s a major step up from “smoke free GW”!The City of Vancouver is partnering with a global recycling company in the hopes of getting smokers to butt out in one of their receptacles, instead of on the ground.
I’ve started seeing these in the downtown area of Vancouver. I’m intrigued by the idea of this project because its advantages are two-fold - it should help clean up city streets and pavements (which I think is a pretty big problem - particularly in many major European cities) whilst reprocessing the waste into useful materials:
“We take all of the waste, the leftover plastic, aluminum from the packs, the cigarette butts, and any of the organic leftover material: paper, unused tobacco and ash. All of that material gets shredded and the organic material gets separated out. The paper, ash and tobacco is then composted, and there are strict regulations about composting tobacco products.
The left over butts are gamma radiated, which is the same process that is used on fish once it’s pulled out of the sea, to kill any bio contaminants. Once they have been gamma radiated, they can be turned into plastic pellets, which we then partner with industrial manufacturers to make industrial-only products such as plastic lumber, shipping pallets, and other B2B applications – no consumer products will be made from the material.”
The city of Vancouver will consider adding up to 1,000 so-called ‘butt bins’ in the downtown area if the pilot project - which is currently comprised of 110 bins - is successful. I’ll be interested in seeing whether people actually start making use of the bins and whether the city manages to collect enough waste to make the program worthwhile, but at first glance it’s an idea that I think should be implemented in many more towns and cities across the globe.
This Friday we’re doing an interview on the Keystone XL pipeline. So, just in case you get asked, you might want to be up on your facts;)
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