Friday, April 20, 2012

How (many) Grand is your Composter, Part II, the Flushing

Envirolet has come up with the next generation of Composting Toilets.

These units appear to address most of the issues raised by buyers and users of Composting Toilets - attactive and functional in the ensuite (though they still did not include a cup-holder), with the improved functional capacity moved to a utility cupboard.

see the styles and compare prices here.
One of these sleek, little units can empty up to three bowls.

MCR Class of 2012 gets their first peek into Fort Edmonton Park's Composting toilet tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Big moves for less waste... in Stony Plain

Wow. The Town of Stony Plain has adopted their very own Wipe Out Waste program, with a lofty goal: divert 80% of waste from landfill by 2015.
Their Environmental Stewardship Strategy includes 3 planks:

  • recycling
  • composting & waste reduction
  • garbage limitation
Sounds like assertive action is reaping results. Stony Plain boasts the 3rd highest diversion-from-landfill of municipalities in the Capital Region.
What do you think? Do small towns have more chances to reduce waste than big cities?


Stony Plain rethinks waste (Edmonton Journal, April 3)


Monday, April 2, 2012

Meet The Rocket

Another composter hits the market for multifamily and business. The Rocket joins JoraKompost and the Earth Tub in quickly processing large amounts of organic waste.

They come with the fancy flame decal, which reminds me of the hot rods of the 70s. Like the Nature Mill, the finished material will need some time to cure.

Future generations of the Rocket should come down in price and be more user friendly (this one looks unsafe with all that climbing and lifting). What is really exciting to me is that companies around the world are hearing the call for easier, on-site composting methods.

I also love the analogy this fellow uses at the end of the video - Landfilling vs Landfeeding. I will definately use that when speaking to kids about composting.

Do they come in shag carpeting?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Waste Management Services stays neutral for Election

It's campaign time.... The Alberta election has started & there are campaign signs everywhere. We encourage everyone to get informed and vote. Congratulations to everyone running for office.

(Please read 'Key Messages' at end.)

Politically neutral

The City of Edmonton must remain neutral. Waste Management Services WILL NOT accept campaign materials for recycling. This includes campaign signs, campaign brochures, campaign handbills, or campaign pop cans.Also the Reuse Centre WILL NOT accept campaign buttons, campaign magnets, campaign hats, or campaign knitting needles. Click here for What Goes Where

Special shifts at Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

The MRF has extra sorters on staff during the election. These sorters will remove any campaign materials from recycling and they will put it in special, colour-coded bins.

Delivery to market
dark blue
Calgary & region
new site in Quebec
Green Party
A shade of green
Saanich-Gulf Islands
location tbd
locations in rural Alberta

Key Messages

Happy April 1st.