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Diversion of plastic waste has been launched in Meaford

IMG_1316_2A six-month pilot project to study the potential for diversion of plastic waste from Meaford’s landfill was officially launched on Sunday March 10th. With strong support  from municipal staff and the active participation of a number of council members, the initiative will involve a group of families and small businesses who will collect plastic film that is currently not picked up in the Blue Box program. This includes plastics such as: bubble wrap, shopping bags, newspaper sleeves, product packaging, soil and fertilizer bags and cling wrap, which compose an ever-increasing proportion of our landfill, and which are to be found in islands that now measure hundreds of square kilometers, floating in our oceans.

The pilot study will allow the municipality to project the possibilities for waste collection and diversion on a larger scale, and will allow time to explore efficiencies such as compaction and baling of the plastic waste for recycling. Switch Energy, ofClinton Ontario, will be collecting the film at no charge, and the waste will be recycled by washing, drying, chopping into powder, and mixing with corn-based resins to create environmentally friendly resin for manufacturing ‘green’ MDF panels and Oriented Strand Board (OSB). These products have typically used toxic urea-formaldehyde resins in their manufacture, and green alternatives are increasingly sought after to contribute to LEED accreditation in new building projects.

This initiative has caught the attention of Waste Diversion Ontario, who recently presented Meaford with the award for the highest rate of waste diversion among Ontario municipalities (2011). WDO executives met with Thomas Dean, who helped develop the pilot program, on March 11th, and they will be closely following progress and considering ways to assist directly as the larger scale potential becomes clearer.

Greg Brown, one of the project participants, points out that diversion and purposeful recycling of plastic waste is another important step towards a zero-waste ideal, as outlined in the vision of Zero Waste Canada.

Contact information:www.transitionmeaford.org  or thom@thomasdean.ca

Georgian Bay Secondary School community garden news

comm_garden3Spring is almost here and for the third year in a row, tenants of the Georgian Bay Secondary School (GBSS) community garden are planning for the new season.

The GBSS community garden came into being as a result of a cooperative effort between interested students, the Meaford Golden Town Outreach and Transition Meaford. Individual plots are tended by community members who also donate time and effort to the maintenance of the Meaford Outreach plot.

The focus this year will be to establish a communal rhubarb patch, berry bushes, tomato plot, a tree nursery which will eventually be to the benefit of Memorial Park, and the creation of raised garden beds.

In keeping with the spirit of the document “Sustainability Meaford, Engagement Summary and Policy Recommendations”, plans are in the making to establish another two community gardens.

“I believe that we can create a more resilient, self-sufficient food production and consumption system that does not depend on far-off lands to sustain us and that surely meets the needs of all our community members” says Jaden Calvert.
Jaden is an enthusiastic proponent of sustainable living and consumption of locally grown food. He organized last year’s GBSS community garden plant sale, an event where gardeners can buy plants adapted to local conditions with the aim of growing high quality food in an environmentally friendly manner. The sale was successful for all concerned and Jaden will provide quality plants for sale again this year.

Anyone interested in learning more about community gardening?
Please call Lindy (519.538.0167) or Mary (519.538.2558)

Contact Names Promised at the Addicted to Plastic film, Grey Cup Sunday.

BSI Biodegradable Solutions 6826 Adera Street Vancouver, BC
This company manufactures food packaging products such as biodegradable cellulose bags that are well suited to food packaging. They are made from non-rain forest tree farm trees.

GreenShift…Toronto
info@greenshift.ca
Non-toxic, biodegradable houshold items ….’Profit with Principle’…

Lindy Iversen

Films for Thought – Winter 2012-2013

FILMS FOR THOUGHT
Brought to you by Transition Meaford. Same time same place:
Sundays at Meaford Hall at 1pm.
Price: $7 adults, $2 students.
Dates: October 28th, November 25th, January 20th, February 24th, March 24th, May 5th

Films for Thought environmental movie series in Meaford

Films for Thought in Meaford Hall

Contact: 1-877-538-0463 www.meafordhall.ca

UPDATE: The movie Biophilic Design will be shown on Sunday, May 5th at 1pm.

Films for Thought; environmental and social justice series at Meaford Hall is on track for October 2012

It was a pleasure to see the article entitled Meaford Landscape Designer Awarded Contract in The Meaford Independent.

It suggested that the Films for Thought; environmental and social justice series at Meaford Hall is on track.

The series is starting a second run of 6 documentaries, from October 2012 to April 2013, all designed to spark discussion around the issues of healthy humans integrated with a healthy planet.

Thomas Dean shares on his web site that his years of life experience “are drawn upon in my approach to design challenges, along with a profound respect for the natural world and the opportunities, in our lives and our work, to sustain and protect and celebrate biodiversity.”
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Urban Roots in Meaford Hall

Urban Roots was on the big screen at Meaford Hall, Sunday past. It documented the revival of community and hope that grew out of the shocking impact of the food desert left in the wake of Detroit’s post-industrial economy.

Corporations, now seeing an opportunity, want to ‘urban farm’ for profit; oblivious to the companion need to strengthen the social fabric of community through farming activities.

No longer ‘flying under the radar’, Detroit Urban Planners will be required to make decisions that accommodate this 21st century, post-industrial phenomenon.
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Richmond B.C. to become a GE Free Zone

Richmond, BC: Richmond City Council voted unanimously to make Richmond a GE crop and GE tree free zone. Congratulations to local community organizers and CBAN Member GE Free BC on this tremendous outcome from years of hard work.

Richmond City Council takes a stand against genetically engineered crops
Richmond, British Columbia, 22nd May 2012
Press release

The Richmond Food Security Society and the Society for a Genetically Free (GE) BC would like to warmly congratulate Richmond City Council on its courageous stand against GE crops and trees at its General Meeting on the 22nd May.

The two Societies introduced a resolution asking Richmond to become a GE free crop zone. At its General Purposes Meeting, Richmond Councillors unanimously supported the idea, as well as the need for mandatory labelling of GE crops, and more public education.
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Films for Thought feedback

The big question was posed at the Power of Community presentation at Meaford Hall Sunday past.
The film explored how the island nation of Cuba rose to the challenge and thrived through collective effort after their oil supply was cut off due to the collapse of the USSR.

The big question is “Can we change; live with less and be happy & healthy before we are forced, like the Cubans to deal with a life or death national crisis?”

The short answer is, no one knows.
The hopeful answer is yes, because we have already begun the process of social change.

Daniel Taylor of Future Generations said “Change happens because of how we invest our human energy, and it always has since we came down from the trees. Everyone has a margin of discretionary energy – that isn’t used up by making their way in the world. That’s the energy that’s available for social change. If you can get a whole community to start focusing their energy together, building on success, just as business builds on successful products, then you get social change.”
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Seed sale and exchange

Support our local growers by taking advantage of this great opportunity to revitalize your gardens.

Sunday May 20th , The Market (at the EcoInhabit barn) is hosting its first annual seed/seedling sale and exchange. We are happy to be partnering with Mike (Kolapore Gardens), Kimberly (Free Spirit Gardens), Anastasia (Beaver Valley Flower Farm) and Jennifer Pittet to offer some unique native plants, herbs, fruit and veg.

If you have plants you would like to exchange, bring them along to swap with others.

We will get things rolling around 10am and see where the day takes us.

Hope you can join us!

Jan Singbeil
121 Old Highway #26
Meaford, ON N4L 1W7
www.ecoinhabit.com

Time to Spring Clean Your Soul

Spring is in the air at last and with it comes renewed energy for change. That ‘out with the old, in with the new’ spirit seems to grip us at this time of year.

It leads us to purge our stuff and hold yard sales. We open all the windows to exchange the stale air left over from winter for the fresh oxygen of spring. We get active and engaged in our community again, eager to shake off hibernation’s sluggish hold.

This need for change seems to be on a global scale as well. All over the world there is political upheaval and unprecedented citizen engagement. There is a great pushing back against the old ways of doing things. Citizens of France and Greece have rejected governments who call for harsh austerity programs aimed primarily at working people.
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