waste management

Edmonton’s Waste Facility

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Photo credit: City of Edmonton

This week on Terra Informa, we talk trash! The Edmonton Compost Facility shut down on May 29, 2019 after it was discovered the roof was no longer structurally safe. As a tribute, we wanted to play a story about the facility’s launch from 2009 but… it has mysteriously disappeared….

So instead we revisit a story from 2017 where Terra Informers Amanda Rooney and Tasmia Nishat took a tour of the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. The City offers free tours of its world-renowned garbage collection facility every Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Let’s hear all about it!

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Headlines

Edmonton City Council has declared a State of Climate Emergency

City of Edmonton new 25-year waste management strategy

University of Calgary study determines how hydraulic fracturing can increase the likelihood of earthquakes

 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg lands in New York

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The Climate Change Accountability Act and International Day of Climate Action

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International Day of Climate Action in Sydney

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Saturday October 24th was the International day of Climate Action, when over 4000 actions took place in over 170 countries around the world to urge political leaders to adopt binding emissions targets at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, set to take place this December in Copenhagen.  Right here in Edmonton, we had our own Climate Action.  Terra Informa correspondent Rebekah Rooney interviewed two of the Edmonton Organizers and reports about the Edmonton Event.

School children in Vilandai, India sit to spell out the words "350 Save Our World" in their school courtyard.

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Last month Edmonton opened a brand new waste management facility. It’s located on the edge of the city, right next to the old Clover Bar landfill. But the two operations don’t share much in common. In fact, the new building shows just how far the city has come in the way it deals with garbage. The facility separates waste into different streams for composting, recycling, and biofuels production. And if everything goes according to plan, it will allow the city to divert 90% of its garbage from landfills. Well, naturally, we just had to take a look! Here’s Garry the Garbage Guy showing Terra Informa’s Steve Andersen around the new facility.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Schoolchildren raise 350 signs high above the crowd during a massive 350 March and rally. Organizers estimate attendance at 15,000.

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Bill C-311 or the Climate Change Accountability Act was originally tabled in October 2006 but due to falls of government the bill did not achieve royal assent despite reaching the Senate. On February 10, 2009 it was reintroduced as a Private Member’s Bill, renamed as Bill C-311. John Harvey interviews Linda Duncan, one of the bills loudest and most passionarte advocates.

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