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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

London still generating excessive waste
According to statistics released by Waste Diversion Ontario, Londoners have a long way to go before they can consider themselves green.

The report assessed the amount of waste generated by citizens and how much of the waste was diverted from landfills through recycling and composting.

According to the report, London ranked 139 out of 206 surveyed municipalities in terms of waste generated and 45th related to how much the city recycled.

“We are seeing higher capture rates for products that have been associated with the blue box recycling programs since their inception [in the 1980s],” Glenda Gies, executive director of WDO, explained.

“However, more public education is necessary to increase the diversion rates for products recently introduced to blue box programs,” she added.

Several municipalities in Ontario have introduced green bin programs, where compost is collected along with garbage and recyclable materials. London has initiated plans for such a program, but has yet to implement it.

Gies explained the focus for reducing waste is shifting from municipalities to “stewards” " the brand owners and first importers who contribute much of the waste.

“We are working closely with our stewards to reduce the amount of packaging they use for their products,” she added.

Gies outlined a further step towards to the fight against waste would be a fee placed on companies who manufacture electronics.

“WDO will implement an electronic material program on April 1 designed to reuse and recycle the increasing amount of electronics in Ontario funded by levies placed on brand owners,” Gies said.
" Adam Crozier

Conservative caucus focusing on education
The Conservative Party is continuing to garner interest in its Post-Secondary Education Caucus.

“The caucus will form a channel of communication between post-secondary institutions, our caucus and to the Conservative Party and various ministers,” Phil McColeman, vice-chair of the caucus, said.

“I was on the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University and during my time, I felt that major issues facing post-secondary institutions were not expressed effectively to the Conservative caucus. This post-secondary caucus will work to change this.”

Already running for five weeks, the caucus has had five meetings and has recruited 14 members. It is open to all Conservatives MPs with post-secondary institutions in their riding.

“The caucus is focusing right now on recruiting as many Conservative MPs to join. Secondly, the caucus plans to meet with as many stake holder groups as possible and hear what the prevalent issues are. These involve students, faculty and student governments,” McColeman said.

McColeman explained the caucus would be an effective voice at the ministerial and bureaucratic level and inform the government of what is happening in post-secondary intuitions when making decisions or policies.
" Diane Tisdall

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