Tuesday, October 6, 2015

For your consideration


(The problem... [blogpost])


[ draft below ]

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UPDATE COMING... 

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THE SOLUTION   [ draft. (*Stay tuned.(!)) ]


Using sewage solids for cheap, rich fertilizer is a multi-billion dollar, billion ton innovation --- that's here to stay.

So it's time to implement



A Simple, Cost-Effective, Immediately Applicable and Possibly Permanent Solution 
to the problem of paint in the food-chain*



Fortunately all that's Needed -- right now : thoughtful, wide-spread co-operation.



To whit:

Rather than turning a blind eye to hazardous waste (i.e. paint) being washed down the drain (and, inadvertantly cycled into our food chain), we could (should -- iyam) adopt a user friendly schedule to deal with the bulk of the problem --- immediately. *
With current infrastructure.*
At almost no cost.*
And with almost no extra labour.*
Or, inconvenience whatsoever.*


E.g., a 70(?) / 30(?)* weekly split


Just as we schedule our garbage collection, we could (should) likewise begrudgingly permit -- and, thereby account for -- some paint waste streams through a limited percent of the week  (e.g. 4:30pm Friday to 7:00pm Sunday** (30%) while prohibiting it the remainder of the week (e.g. 7:00pm Sunday to 4:30 pm Friday (70%).**

This would allow our treatment plants to keep*² diverting the majority of processed waste into cheap, rich fertilizer. Only unlike now, where it's routinely (unavoidably) laced with traces of paint, etc -- it 'd instead be much, much, much, much, much, much, much  more toxin free;

With very little increase in cost, processing, labour, or transport...

An ENORMOUS improvement, if you asked me

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And meanwhile /  moreover:

The remaining, compromised sludge is still generally (perfectly) fine for the already equally large NON-FOOD grade fertilizer market:

(i.e.) sod farming, landscape top-soil, and NON-FOOD gardening soil.

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The downside(s)????

Spread the word --- because, relatively speaking, there really isn't one.*³


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* (i.e.) Since the status-quo alternatives are either (1) continuing to systematically poison our soils (+/- groceries) or, (2) continuing to steadily deplete our soils of rich, organic biomass... well, lets just say  I don't really expect it to be a particularly hard sell.  

[See the comments, leave a comment, and again: stay tuned. ]

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**Btw, (1) the 70/30—Fri to Sunday sched is just a theoretical (first stab-in-the-dark guess) place to start. (Just something easy to understand and communicate...) Actual, blue-sky*4, local schedules will boil down to individual treatment plant logistics: (i.e.) the flow-through times, volumes, and practicality of individual phase shifts (weekly(?), bi-weekly(??)) ... Individual max easy capture and clean; based on the amount of time it takes to clear the system, green-light the food-grade phase each week cycle.)


(2)*4 :  The second biggest challenge is something very familiar to Canadians  weather:

In municipalities with old, combined storm/sewer combo pipes (common), there will need to be  momentary pause or shift in the permitted (begrudged -- minimum paint) period when heavy rain's on the radar. (And, fyi: no more challenging than checking the local treatment plant's twitter feed, and or watching the forecasts late in the week to see if an early/late b.p. (begrudgingly permitted) period is called for -- when you're good to go.)



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Thanks for your interest,
and all the best.   

[ Stay tuned. ]

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*    Footnotes also coming.
*²Again STAY TUNED...
*³(AND / OR DROP ME A LINE, anytime.)