Posts Tagged ‘diversion’

Making Waste Smell Like Money

March 2, 2008

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Admittedly, we don’t have too much of a problem with people openly defecating in public. Still, it’s possible that a new technology by Indian plastics and textiles manufacturer Sintex Industries could have some application here.

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Recycling to the Bank?

January 24, 2008

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As I pointed out HERE last month, London is currently consulting the community about waste management (if you haven’t already done so, click HERE and complete the online survey; speak now, or don’t complain later). So perhaps that’s why this story virtually jumped off the screen at me when I came across it. It seems that down Philadelphia way, they’ve got a program that pays households to recycle!

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Reviewing London’s Wastewater Strategy

December 9, 2007

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On this week’s ETC meeting agenda, a number of wastewater-related submissions…

First, we’ve got one titled “Review of Rainfall Intensity Duration Frequency Curves for City of London Under Climate Change.” I’ll give you a second to digest that. 😉 According to the agenda, there was a recent presentation made to Committee of the Whole “regarding the impacts of climate change and its potential impacts on the City’s water resources system and municipal infrastructure;” following that, Council requested more information. This appears to be the response to that request.

There’s one called “Wet Weather Overflow Strategy.”

And last but not least, there’s a sure-to-delight “Presentation to the International Solid Waste Association, September 2007” and “Waste Diversion Strategy Public Consultation Document and Recent Waste Diversion Initiatives.”

Appended:

Noah's Ark There’s a must-read article in this morning’s paper (‘City staff heeds alarm of scientist over sewers‘; Jonathan Sher; London Free Press; 2007/12/09) which provides more detail about the Rainfall Intensity submission, and UWO’s Dr. Slobodan Simonovic whose previous presentation warns that “storm sewers will be overwhelmed by torrential rains brought on by global warming” because the cost of the “much bigger drains, pipes and storm management ponds” which are required by a “worst-case scenario” is “unbearable for the city…these numbers are huge.”

Links:
2007/12/08 – FMBS: Wastewater Tax Increase
2007/12/11 – Green Daily: Driveways become grassways

Fast-Food Waste

December 9, 2007

A Torontoist sketch.
comic

Wastewater Tax Increase

December 8, 2007

According to CLEAR: Shared AccountabilityThe storm drainage system in the city is extensive. Over 1,100 km of storm sewers help remove surface water and transport it to creeks and rivers… Eliminating roof downspout connections to the storm sewer system and ensuring that there are no connections to the sanitary sewer systems is another way to reduce the harmful affects to the river. The Drainage By-law has specific drainage related stipulations that require residents to handle storm water on their own property first by allowing it to infiltrate into the soil.”

When I tried to raise the subject of wastewater during the past municipal election campaign (click HERE and HERE), there didn’t appear to be much interest.

But wait! As part of the new water system budget, London’s City Council has just increased the wastewater tax by $40. You’ll now be paying about $478 next year for the water/wastewater services that you enjoy.

Perhaps more people will be interested in things like runoff diversion now. You think?

Links:
2007/08/10 – Globe&Mail: New system could halve water consumption
2007/10/27 – Globe&Mail: City proposal aims to divert runoff from sewer
2007/11/01 – Globe&Mail: Council urged to order downspouts disconnected
2007/11/03 – Ottawa Citizen: A quest for neighbourhood
2007/11/19 – Toronto Star: Downspouts top city agenda
2007/11/21 – CBC: Downspouts (audio that runs 11:26)
2007/11/21 – Globe&Mail: Downspout program swamped with requests
2007/11/21 – National Post: Unhooking Downspouts May Cost $65M
2007/11/22 – Toronto Star: 10-year wait for downspout disconnect
2007/11/23 – Toronto Star: Councillors need lesson on economy
2007/11/24 – Toronto Star: No wonder Toronto’s finances are in a mess
2007/11/24 – Toronto Star: High cost to protect residents and city
2007/11/24 – Toronto Star: Offensive for Star to print such hateful ruminations
2007/11/28 – Toronto Star: Cost of program defies common sense
2007/12/05 – The Londoner: $67 more a year for water and sewer services
2007/12/03 – Proposed Water Rates & Charges Bylaw
2007/12/03 – Proposed Schedule of Sewer System Fees and Charges Bylaw
2007/12/03 – Overview of 2008 Water & Wastewater & Treatment Budget
2007/12/05 – The Londoner: $67 more a year for water and sewer services

Hamilton’s New Garbage Limits

November 30, 2007

It’s more confusing than it has to be. It will take a lot longer to put in place than is necessary. But despite all that, Hamilton’s new policy on garbage pickup is going in the right direction, and puts London’s 4-bag system to shame.

2008/03/31-
2009/03/28
3 x 23 kg. containers (MAX). Extra containers get an “oops” tag and are left at the curb.


2009/03/30-
2010/04/03
2 x 23 kg. containers (MAX); one must be a clear bag for non-recyclables and non-organics ONLY (if it contains anything else it will be tagged and left behind). Extra containers get an “oops” tag and are left at the curb.


2010/04/05- 1 x 23 kg. container ONLY. Extra containers will be left behind.


Exemptions Special consideration for households with more than three children under five years old to allow for diapers.

Special consideration for residents with medical conditions.

3 x 3-container days (following Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s).


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Links:
2007/11/17 – FMBS: Proposed Hamilton Garbage Limit
2007/11/17 – Spectator: What did we just do?

Proposed Hamilton Garbage Limit

November 17, 2007

Something that may be of interest, especially to those who like to gripe about London’s 4 x 20kg garbage container limit…

Staff at Hamilton’s City Hall are recommending the imposition of a one-bag or one-can-a-week garbage limit starting in March (“City aims for one-bag garbage limit in ’08“; Eric McGuinness; Hamilton Spectator; 2007/11/17).

Hamilton has set a target of trying to divert 65% of household waste into blue boxes and green carts instead of garbage bags by 2008, but only managed about 40% last year.

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Links:
2007/11/20 – Hamilton Spec: Big stink brewing…
2007/11/20 – Hamilton Spec: One bag limit? It’s essential
2007/11/22 – Hamilton Spec: It’s not that hard to limit garbage
2007/11/29 – Hamilton Spec: … two garbage bags, one to be clear