Tuesday, October 6, 2015

For your consideration




Simple, Cost-Effective,
Immediately Applicable Solution (1*)

to the problem of paint in the food chain*

That requires little more than thoughtful co-operation to (universally) implement.

To whit:

Rather than turning a blind eye to hazardous waste (i.e. paint) being washed down the drain (and inadvertently cycled into our food chain) we could (perhaps should) 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.)   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
*² (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.


Addendum  💡


... Moreover,

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

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

The downside(s) ????

Compared to the status quo (of pretending the problem doesn't exist) ... relatively speaking, IYAM it's pretty hard to argue convincingly enough against it.*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 the hardest sell in the history of the world.

( Again:  the comments... and or stay tuned. )   *   💘  

** Btw (1) the 70/30 Fri to Sunday sched is just a theoretical (first stab in the dark guess at a) place to start. (Something easy to understand and communicate.)

Actual, blue-sky local schedules will depend on individual treatment plant logistics: (i.e.) the flow-through times, volumes and practicality of individual phase shifts ... (number of days required) for maximum individual ease of capture and clean.*4

i.e. The amount of time it takes to clear/shift/track the particular (flow-through times) of local systems -- and green light the food-grade phase each week cycle.)

2)   The second biggest challenge, arguably, is something very familiar to Canadians:
WEATHER.    🕶️

Namely, since the vast majority of municipalities have some (or, mostly) old, combined storm/sewer combo pipes (single common pipes), there would/will need to be momentary pauses or shifts in the permitted (begrudged minimum, paint) period when heavy rain's on the radar.

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.

i.e. Just tweet the necessary schedule adjustments / and or cancellations -- until the apps are good enough to integrate weather data.

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Thanks for your interest,   👈🏻
and all the best.

Stay tuned👈🏻  

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*          ( footnotes also coming. )     ⏳
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*4 ....  (  AGAIN:  THE COMMENTS . )    👍🏻 👍🏻