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Dirty diapers, for instance, aren’t just trash.
“We pick it up as part o replica watches f your garbage every day,” said Garry Spotowski, education programs co ordinator with the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. “Then the garbage is separated by people and machinery into an organic stream and an inorganic stream.
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“The biggest sort of misconception, if you will, is composting,” he said. “Our system is hidden from the user.”
Backyard composting is encouraged but not mandatory, as it is done at the EWMC.
“Often when people think of recycling, they’re thinking newspapers and tin cans at best that is 20 per cent,” said Spotowski. “A much bigger part is organic.”
Newsprint becomes shingles, plastic bags become drainage pipe, and glass is used in reflective paint but there are some things Spotowski would like citizens to stop trying to recycle, such as blister packaging.
Overall, it’s a happening and growing place.
“There is unique,” said Spotowski. “And there are some surprises as well. Timeline
When comparing waste management today with methods 30 years ago, there is a drastic difference, said Spotowski.
“There was no municipal program having to do with landfill diversion whatsoever,” he said. “Basically everything went into a landfill.”
1988 When curbside recycling launched citywide in 1988, Edmonton was one of the first cities in North America to offer the service. The 89 per cent participation rate helps divert 20 per cent of waste from the landfill.
1995 Edmonton opened its first eco station in 1995, followed by a second in 2000 and a third two years ago. City stats say usage increases 15 per cent each year.
2000 The composting facility opened just over a decade ago, helping to divert 40 per cent of waste from the landfill, bringing the total to 60 per cent.
The thr replica watches ee major components to waste diversion include recycling, composting and extracting energy, such as ethanol and methanol, of the “stuff leftover,” said Spotowski.
Edmonton currently diverts close to 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill, which will grow to 90 per cent when the Biofuels Facility opens in 2013 the first of its kind in Canada.