Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Stop pollution THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1971 Guide to recycling Prepared by Pollution Control-Southern Alberta North American society is a wasteful society. Over 60 per cent of the world's resources are used by us, often used once and then thrown away. One important way of combating this waste, and reducing - pollution too is to encourage re-cycling of our wastes. The ultimate solution for a city is the separation of our garbage so it can all be re-cycled. Because we have no such program here, Pollution Control-Southern Alberta has prepared this guide for you. As individuals, there is much we can do to promote the re-use of our wastes. Eventually, we hope, the City of Lethbridge will be committed to a complete program of re-cycling of waste products. Read through this guide. We hope you will be convinced that you can and will help us to re-cycle wastes. Post this up in a handy place so you can refer to it. Encourage your friends by giving them a copy of this guide (available from PC-SA, Box 472, Lethbridge). If you believe our city should consider a program of garbage separation and re-cycling, phone or wri^e to oiir aldermen or to the City Manager's, office at City Hall. Make your concerns known to those who will make the decisions on this issue. PAPER PRODUCTS Newspaper: Pollution Control will make monthly trips on the first Friday of each month to Frache's Greenhouses with stacked, bundled and weighed newspapers. The Greenhouse uses the paper for insulation in shipping flowers. Call 328-6502 for information. Please start saving your papers now! Magazines: Hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' and dentists' offices are places to take good recent magazines. However, check first before taking yours. Sharing subscriptions with friends or relatives is a way of conserving our trees and cutting down the total volume of waste paper. Used Books: Baxter's Book Store, 420. 5th St. S. (phone: 328-1563), buys and sells used books and some magazines (comics included). Egg Cartons: New Farmers Market, 1513 3rd Ave. S. (phone: 327-2350), will pay 1 cent per carton as credit toward merchandise. GLASS The Alberta Government is contemplating legislation to ban non-returnable bottles. Write to Mr. Gordon Taylor, Minister of Highways, and express your support of this move. His address: Legislative Building, Edmonton. Pop Bottles: Try to purchase only returnable bottles which can be returned to confectionaries; 2 cents per small, 10 oz., and 5 cents per large quart bottle is allowed on purchase. For cash refund the following bottling firms will refund their own. Phone first to be certain where to return particular types. Chinook Bottling, 2907 2nd Ave. S. (phone: 327-1310) Purity Bottling, 1421 3rd Ave. S. (phone: 327-2501) Lethbridge Bottling, 237 12th St. B N. (phone: 327-3442) Safeway Stores will accept bottles of those brands they sell. Beer Bottles: Alberta Brewers' Agents, Bottle Depot, 135 13th St. N. (phone: 327-2895) will pay 30 cents per dozen for all kinds of beer bottles and will pick up. Preserving jars and bottles: Salvation Army, phone 328-2860, will pick up any jars and bottles with lids which are suitable for canning jams or preserves. Wine and Liquor Bottles and Jugs: Wine Makers Supply Centre, 316 7th St. S. (phone: 328-2304) will accept 26 oz., Yz gal. and gallon jugs for resale to wine makers. Miscellaneous and Kitchen-type Bottles: Dominion Glass Co. Ltd., Redcliff, Alta. (phone: 548-3901) will accept all glass bottles and jars at Yz cent each or $15 per ton. PC-SA is investigating ways of using this glass depot CLOTHING AND RAGS Salvation Army, 412 1st Ave. S. (phone: 328-2860) will accept clothing and household linens in any condition. They sort them and can use most worn articles as rug materials or rags. Call for pick-up. They will also accept used household items such as dishes, toys, books, furniture and equipment. New to You Clothing Shop, 408 13th St. N. (phone: 328-5636) accept only good used clothing. Operated by Y.W.C.A. FURNITURE AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD GOODS: Hurlburt Auction, 1920 2nd Ave. S. (phone: 328-4705). Auction held every Thursday night. Second hand stores: Downtown Second Hand Store, 405 2nd Ave. S. (phone: 328-7444); E-J New and Used, 62413th St. N. (phone: 328-8342); Exchange, 212 5th St. S. (phone: 328-5266); Frank's Second Hand Store, 407 2nd Ave. S. (phone: 327-0621). Consult your Yellow Pages. METALS Beer Cans: Alberta Brewers' Agents, Bottle Depot, 135 13th St. N. (phone: 327-2895) will pay 30 cents per dozen for all beer and cider cans. They will pick up. Other Metals: Copper, aluminum, brass, cast iron, steel, lead, etc. is accepted by: Davis Enterprises, 1505 2nd Ave. S. (phone: 327-6261) National Salvage Co., 206 33rd St. N. (phone: 328-1721) Prices vary with the market, i.e., copper is currently worth 25-32 cents per pound. Call these dealers for assistance with your metal wastes. Tin Cans: Cannot be re-cycled. However, by taking off both ends and flattening cans, you help to diminish the garbage volume. PLASTICS Plastics cannot be re-cycled and do not readily decompose. Use them as little as possible and re-use them where possible. Plastic bleach and vinegar bottles make good paint buckets. Some drug stores accept them for dispensing distilled water. Take your own plastic bags to the grocery store for carrying produce. Investigate and experiment with other possible uses and share your ideas with us. RUBBER There is no local demand for scrap tires except for those which can be retreaded. Consider their application as bumpers on boats and docks, children's swings or as planters in your garden. PC-SA is investigating possible industries using them for thongs and rubber door mats. COMPOST Fruits and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, kitchen scraps of all kinds, leaves and grass clippings make excellent natural fertilizer. PC-SA members are experimenting with composting in this climate where decomposition is slowed by winter temperatures. Books on organic gardening are available at the Public Library and offer tips on making kitchen and garden refuse useful. Simple directions for composting: Use a spare area of the garden and pile kitchen and garden refuse until it is 3-6 feet high, turning every couple of weeks (put the top of the pile on a new spot and pile the bottom on top); cover with dirt to keep down odor and keep moist. Start a new pile and allow the first to age and decompose. Some agents, such as "Ferto-San?', speed decomposition. Investigate their composition, however, for harmful chemicals. Free Fertilizer: Available at South Side Sewage Plant, Riverbottom. The fertilizer is a by-product of primary sewage treatment consisting of organic matter which has been through a digester. It is recommended for non-root vegetables and flower beds, but not for root vegetables or lawns as when wet it gives off a tar-like odour. It should be dug in well and immediately.