Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thurlduy, Mey 25, 1972 THE IEIHBRIDCE HERAID Battle lines are drawn in war FlliU DANGKIt PARIS (AP) An olficial re- port says all JIO cathedrals and 200 historic monuments that be- long to tlie government are in permanent danger of damage or destruction by [ire because of faulty eleclrical wiring and in- sufficient protective systems. FORGED PAPERS SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) Baby elephants are being shipped out of Rhodesia with false documents through Moz- ambique for sale abroad in vio- ation of United Nations sanc- .ions against trade with Rhode- sia, informed sources said. SURPRISE MOUKNKIl PORTO A L E G R E, Brazil (AP) His friends and rela- ives paled and some fainted when Carlos Roberto walked in on his own wake. A look-alike been killed in an auto acci- dent and an uncle had identified .he body as that of Roberto. PLANTED PURSE PARIS. Tex. (AP) Ed Tucker of Powderly missed his Dillfold after plowing a garden last year. He searched, re- plowed four or five times, and used a Geiger counter. No bill- fold. A year later, another man plowed the same garden and turned up Tucker's missing bill- with more than cash and other valuables. By H. .I. ANDERSON lanailian Press Staff Writer Drink the contents, Ihrow awav the bottle. Ditch the pop-open can. Non-returnable containers seemed the perfect answer, when they first appeared on the market, to the trouble- some chore of taking the emp- ties back to the store for a re- fund. That the consumer liked the non-returnables is illustrated by the story told in the trade of the soft-drink company that sold 14 million bottles of its product iji refundable bottles and not one was returned. It was too easy. Non-returnables found their way in mounting thousands to municipal incinerators and garbage dumps everywhere. To the born litter-bug, it was an invitation to strew them along highways or toss them into rivers and lakes. Moves are under way in some provinces, a Cross-Can- ada Survey by The Canadian Press found, to force them off the market. Tlie attack is two-fold: Offer a financial lure high enough to be attractive, and compul- sion. While the facts were not conclusive, the survey Indi- cated that force might be the j only solution to a problem that troubles ecologisls and environmentalists in all prov- inces. "It may come to Douglas Untula of the Ontario j ministry of the environment said in Toronto. i "When the consumer is will- ing to pay SO cents more a case for canned beer when he can get Iwo cents a bottle back on his returns, it seems clear he likes the throw- aways." British Columbia and Al- berta have taken the lead in the legislative field, the sur- vey shows. Saskatchewan has paused just short of getting tough and some of the other provinces are moving in that direction. There is no federal legisla- tion governing non-returna- bles. Apart from the pollution of the environment created by the heedless consumer, the wastage of natural resources in the manufacturing process concerns resource-conscious groups. To them, "recycling" is the word most often in use. Their objective is a con- tainer, bottle or can, that can be used over and over again. That's a major problem for the manufacturers and retail- ers who dislike the costly handling and sterilising in- volved. .lack Davis, federal minis- ter of the environment, says society's aim must be to recy- cle everything it visas. FIND AX 'GIT1 British Columbia in 1970 was the first province lo enact legislation making all types of beverage containers refunda- ble, with the exception of liq- uor bottles and thought is being given to this. ft is mandatory in 13.C. for manufacturers and retailers to refund two cents on drink containers of glass, metal and plastic. A minimum fine of S500 is specified for violators. Still, a hole was found in the legislation. Major food retail- ers refer refund-seekers of soft-drink containers to depots such as Pacific Reclamation Ltd., a non-profit association until 150 associated depots. Recreation Direclor Ken Kierans said this hole is to be plugged. Also, regulations which now permit a person to return only 111 containers a day will be changed to permit return of 24 bottles or cans a day. In Alberta, the Beverage Container Act requires (hat retailers refund two cents for beverage containers of tlie type they sell. This includes tans and non-reuasblc bottles. The government luis indi- cated it will require that liq- uor bottles be included in tlie legislation. TIKE DAMAGE HEAVY Some soft-drink companies In that province have set up collection depots, called Con- tain-A-Way. Retailers do not need to take back tne contain- ers if they post a sign direct- ing customers to the nearest depot. Officials of Save Tomorrow Pollution said the legislation is fine as far as it goes. They would like more emphasis put on recycling. Indicative of the damage, apart from pollution, caused by strewn bottles and cans on highways in every province is an Alberta survey two years ago winch showed govern- ment mowing machines suf- fered worth of damage to tires from broken bottles along the roadside. There was an economic re- action in Alberta to the crack- down. In Medicine Hat, about 100 workers in a glass plant were laid off when B.C. banned non-returnables and another 50 were laid off recently in anticipation of A 1 b e r t a' s move. Saskatchewan in Ut'l passed the Utter Act whHi provides for a refund to be paid on all containers. It has not yet been proclaimed. In 32 pieces of legislation on pollution in Manitoba, none specifically mentions non-re- turnable containers. A legisla- tive committee is to formulate a policy on solid-waste dis- posal. No private company In tha! province has taken any action in disposing of non-returna- bles. In March, Winnipeg Pol- lution Probe threatened to dump bottles and other con- tainers on the grounds of HIP legislature In an attempt to force the government into j forming a policy. Friendship tea COUTTS (HNS) The Coiitf' j Catholic Women's League it sponsoring its annual friendship I tea Sunday, May 28, at p.m., at the Coutts Civic Centre Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. I The "bonanza queen" con- testants will be introduced. COMPANION AT SUNSET A gull glides over rolling waters as the sun sets at Clearwatcr, Florida. SIMPSONS-SEARS of tliis detergent do 80 average Simpsons-Sears laundry Detergent dees a very com- plete job at very tow cost per washload. We even give Free Delivery. Phone nowl 1-lb, equals 2 cups, (sea 20-lbs. Reg. 5.99 Dishwasher Delergeiil Special Hey. k for Special non-spotting formula. 3-lb. box. Order yours, now] Only 3.99 for 100 Garbage bags Strong, leakprcof polyethy- lene bags. Size: about 36" ea. 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