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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta LOOKS DECEIVING - Is that really U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew behind that beard? Republican members of the Maryland Legislature insisted that it was and angrily demanded that the poster be taken from the wall of a county delegation room. Chartrand plans tour TORONTO (CP) - Michel Chartrand, president of the Montreal council of the Confederation of National Trade Un ions, will make a cross-country tour that will wind up here March 28 with a "defence rally," the Emergency Committee to Defend Political Rights in Quebec has announced. Mr. Chartrand spent four months in jail after his arrest under the War Measures Ac and is free on bail awaiting hearings on charges of membership in the FLQ. The tour will include Vancouver, Winnipeg, Brandon, Man., Waterloo, Ont., Fredericton and Halifax. meals for. pennies (feameltes ^* MACARONI �'" '......... Switch from sales to trash results in disposal idea By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) - Things began moving for Russ Benson in a business sense when he started thinking garbage. There he was two years ago, moving into his 40s, with a tidy family business in North Vancouver, pulling in sales of $300,000 or $400,000 a year on "architectural specialties" such as hospital curtain tracks and laundry chutes. His big idea came while a-tending a hospital convention pushing R. A. Benson Co. equipment. It impressed him that almost everything else being promoted there was disposable, from throw-away bedsheets to' one-shot hypodermics. The thought that followed required a wrench for a sales-minded man: The growing problem in the consuming society was not so much getting people to buy things, but helping people to get rid of all the stuff they bought. A kind of garbage-management machine was needed for all these disposables, he decided, a machine that would be automatic, undiscriminating in the shape and nature of items accepted, and one that would reduce volume without making the stuff so compact that it would never disintegrate in a dump. The idea sprouted details- printed-circuit electronic controls for automation; only two moving parts to reduce breakdowns; a slow, powerful motor that would be strong and relatively silent; shredding teeth that required no sharpening; a compacting system that would not be too damp; disinfection and deodorizing features, and a signal system when the garbage can was full. The only thing missing was money. That was when George C. Smith in the federal industry department's general programs division of the machinery branch received a long-distance telephone call "out of the blue" one summer day in 1969. George is really an IRDIA] man, examining applications for grants or loans under the Industrial Research and Development Incentives Act. He was intrigued by Russ Benson's garbage-shredding idea, but decided that came imder PAIT-Program for the Advancement o f Industrial Technology, under which federal grants pay up to half the costs of developing industrial ideas using new technology if they have a chance of commercial success. Nevertheless, George agreed to see Russ during a trip to the West Coast on another matter. Getting down to details, the industry department was satisfied that the idea met its standards of technical feasibility, chances on the markets and the company's capacity to carry it out. COSTS LOW Further, it was relatively inexpensive for PAIT, requiring grants that tallied up eventually to less than $30,000 for development and testing of the idea. Federal officials also were impressed because, as George Smith says, "the opportunities to improve on solids-wase disposal are almost unlimited and not much technology has been applied to the problem-." The average Canadian family chucks away seven pounds of garbage a day. Add to that the rejects of hospitals, office buildings and industry, and the.estimate is that Canada has to get rid of 100 million pounds of garbage every day. The costs in dollars are enormous, hot to mention the social costs of littering the land. The business of garbage disposal has been estimated to cost almost $5 billion a year in North America, perhaps $500 million in , Canada. Three-quarters of that cost is for hauling it somewhere, so anything that makes garbage easier to move is theoretically marketable. -"Garbage is definitely an un-sexy subject," says George Smith. "But handling and dis posing of it Has become not only a bit expensive -Ottawa spends about $15 a ton just to haul it to the dump-but a weight on the public conscience." Russ Benson's shredder-compactor, four feet long, less than four feet wide and two feet deep, accepts everything from aerosol containers and glass bottles to boxes and five-gallon cans, shreds them by a paddle-wheel action and compresses them1 to about one-fifth the original volume. An indigestible brick would be accepted whole. If an item is too bukly, the machine automatically tries twice to swallow, then calls the caretaker for help by a signal. ROTS QUICKLY Estimates are that shredded garbage will decomposed about two years, as opposed to 12 to 20 years fcr garbage unshredded but reduced in volume by hydraulic pressure, The standard machine, without custom features such as an automatic fire-extinguisher, costs in the range of $5,000. It handles up to 1,500 pounds of garbage an hour and whistles when the container underneath is full. After a few months of production, the machine has been installed in eight apa vient buildings, hospitals, hotels and office buildings in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Orders have been received from Detroit, Chicago, New York and San Fjancisco, inquiries from five other co.M-tries. Russ Benson has been retained as garbage-disposal adviser in the construction of the Pacific Centre commercial buildings in central Vancouver. He has been invited to lecture at a garbage symposium in California this spring. Meantime, he was back to PAIT in March with another idea: a mobile shredder-compactor that would pick up and process residential garbage and deliver it to a touring mother-truck for the longer haul to a land-fill site. Monday, March 15, 1971 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID - If Get together with the easy-going flavour of Molson Golden. It's the great get-together beer for good company and good times. Molson Golden ...the great get-together beer! The Money Saver! FINS OUAUTY GROUND JUST RIGHT EXPERTLY ROASTED FULL BODIED J J".--- FRESH DATED FACTORY SEALED EXPERTLY BLENDED AROMATIC Safeway Fresh All Purpose Coffee Flavorful - Affordcble... Mb. net wt. pkg. Canterbury Orange Peko 125 bag pkg........ Tea Bags Snack Crackers Busy Baker Full of flavour ......... 16-oz. net wt. pkg. Enchanted Isle Australian Sliced, Crushed, Tidbits................. ,. 14 fl. oz. tin 4:1 Apple and Straw., Apple and Rasp., Apple and Cherry, Apple and Peach ., 48 fl. oz. tin Fresh Raisin Bread Skylark, White or Brown Sliced 16-oz. net wt, loaf Have You Tried It Toasted? Dads Cookies Oatmeal, Coconut, Chocolate Chip. Mix or Match. ..... 8-oz. net wt. cello bag East Point Cleaned ...... 414-oz. net wt. tin Liptons 10 flavours. Mix or Match Washed Gem POTATOES Canada No. 1 Grade 50 lb. sack OH MY PIZZA PIES DELUXE, PEPPER0NI, BACON or MUSHROOM ^J'Zu 12-Inch Size Special each 1 .33 PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge March 15-17 inch WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFE WAYi f A N A n A SAFEWAY LIMITED ;