debris · eco · Environment · litter · nature · parks · recycling · Volunteerism · Windsor, Ontario

Project – “Recycle Bins in Parks” with the City of Windsor

Our voices have been heard, but this operation is NOT over.
Hello, eco fam!  For over 1 year, we have actively been in contact with City of Windsor council members, and staff, to advocate the need for recycle bins in all parks.
The City’s current budget only allows funding for 10 recycle silos to be placed yearly.  We first questioned why such popular parks have zero recycle bins.
The City heard our questions, and they have taken this into consideration. We have been informed us that 28 new playgrounds are being installed, and these parks will now have recycle bins. We will soon know if they will have both Blue bin recycling, and Red bin.

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Lanspeary Park – zero recycle bins
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Willestead Park – zero recycle bins
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Jackson Park – zero recycle bins
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Riverside – zero recycle bins along pathway from Ouelette @ Riverside to Curry @ Riverside
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Malden Park – zero recycle bins

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debris · eco · Environment · litter · nature · Volunteerism · Windsor, Ontario

The Litter Bug: Does some debris come from bins with no lids + a gust of Wind?

Greetings! Most people we speak with say they made a commitment to never ever litter. Where does all this litter come from? Well, our good friend “the Wind” may be able to explain.
Some items from recycle bins may fly around since they have no lid. To prevent this, you can place your Blue bin on top of your Red bin. You can place heavier items at the top, rather than loose items like paper, or even water bottles. To prevent garbage from becoming flying debris, but that lid on it!

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composting · eco · Environment · Volunteerism · Windsor, Ontario

Windsor – Curbside Collection of Compost by 2025!

That’s right! In this blog entry, we’ll discuss Windsor’s initiative towards curbside collection, and in an upcoming entry, we’ll talk the how-to of composting at home.
By 2025, Windsorites will have a “Green Bin” to separate organics such as food scraps, sawdust, coffee grounds, etc. from their recyclables, and trash. This’ll be collected regularly, and according to the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA), about 30% of what’s currently sent to the landfill is food waste.

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First off – What does our municipality say?
EWSWA said the facility will wait until 2019 “to prepare for these changes…in case there is a change in provincial government, which could result in changes to the framework,” (CBC News -May 03, 2018). In 2014, the City looked into this, but “decided the [yearly] $1.5-million price tag was too expensive.” So, as of now, Composting is a-go! This new department will contain these items for proper treatment (and to contain the smell)! The matter will then be converted into soil conditioner and animal feed. Imagine how many jobs will be created.

So, how does compost form best?
Items disposed of in the compost are either nitrogen-rich items (also known as green items) or carbon-rich items (brown items). Green and brown organics are layered, heat is produced, and these items decay. The heat makes the organics less slimy and more like “dirt.”
Green items include: grass clippings, fruits & vegetables, plants & weeds, coffee grounds, eggshells, and manure of animals. Brown items include: woody material, straw, sawdust, cardboard (shredded), old leaves and flowers, pine needles, corn stalks, and dryer lint. * Note: Animal bones, and meat, should not be included so that animals are not attracted.
Currently, the City does sell bags or bulk-loads of a blend from what the City handles when they trim landscapes etc. Follow this link for more: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Waste-And-Recycling/Yard-Waste/Pages/Composting.aspx

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How much garbage are we going to avoid producing?
The Ministry of Environment released a study that reads “in 2014 alone, about 11.5 million tonnes were generated in the province” which is almost “one tonne of waste per person every year.”

What does compost do when it is added to gardens/ farms?
Ontario Compost Quality Standards mentions it returns nutrients to the soil, improves soil structure, helps soil retain moisture, can suppress some plant diseases, and contributes to healthy soil ecosystems…Also, a big thanks goes to billions of bugs as well!

Stay tuned with how to compost at home while you wait for 2025’s collection.

References:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/large-ont-cities-have-7-years-to-add-curbside-collection-of-organic-and-food-waste-1.4647042
http://www.compost.org/English/PDF/ON_Compost_Quality_Standards_2012.pdf
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/composting-awareness-week-kicks-off-sunday-with-compost-sale
2014 article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/curbside-compost-pickup-deemed-too-expensive-for-windsor-essex-1.2762978