Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Plastic







PLASTIC

Vancouver is a great city for recycling. We have a very good reputation for this and when I travel I am constantly amazed, being well indoctrinated in these matters, when I try to recycle something only to find that it is not recyclable in that particular area.

That said, on July 20th, the outside civic workers of Vancouver commenced a strike action which is still going on today, September 15th. Despite judicious packing of our recycling blue bin, it is frankly overflowing. Luckily we wash out everything before putting it in the bin, so odour is not a problem. But space is becoming an issue. So please, Mr Garbageman, negotiate a settlement soon, and go back to work.


Hopefully the red nicotiana and blue salvia soften the Symphony in Blue Plastic image

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

47 comments:

ellen b said...

Oh my what are we doing to our world eh?
have a great weekend...

chateau said...

It's great that your city is so active in recycling. And great of you to be so involved!

Have a good weekend.

Michele said...

Being from BC, I know all about that silly strike. I hope a settlement happens soon... it's been way too long! Great pic!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Nap Warden said...

To bad about the strike. Yeah for recycling:)

Carver said...

The salvia and nicotiana are a nice touch but your recycling is rather attractive without help. I like the blue tide at the top which is a similar color to the recycling bin. Very attractive recycling. I hope your strike is over soon but that was perfect for the plastic theme.

Vader's Mom said...

Perfect shot. I wish more people here would recycle.

Indiana Amy said...

That is terrific concerning recycling in your city. Our city is just the opposite, it's definitely lacking! I hope your garbage men come back soon!

WFMom said...

What an excellent shot. We recently visited Vancouver - LOVED it. Beautiful city. I hope the strike ends soon.

PowersTwinB said...

Thats 2 months worth of recyclables? thats like 2 weeks worth in my bin, which incredibly is the same size as yours. The flowers were a splendid touch! good job! Thank you for visiting my photo hunt tonight, I really appreciate your visits every week!

Whirlwind said...

Thats a great picture.

Barbara H. said...

Oh, that's too bad about the strike! Hope everyone gets back on the job soon before you're overflowing any more.

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Great idea. We don't have a recycling thing in my area, or even the state. We don't even have to save our soda cans or bottles. Great photo, flowers are beautiful. Have a good weekend.

eastcoastlife said...

Oh no. The strike is still on!? That's way too long.

I wish more people would recycle, reuse and reduce.

LoveMyStarr said...

Your garbage man picks up your recyclables? (I think I made up a word:). That would be so nice here!!

Lee said...

Strikes are a pain in the proverbial!

Recycling is pretty active here too.

Have a great weekend, jmb. :)

Queen Of My Domain said...

I hope the strike ends soon so you can enjoy your pretty flowers all by themselves.

Voyager said...

I think your bin looks great considering the length of the strike. Ours looks that full every week. I don't know whether to be proud we recycle that much, or appalled at how much stuff we buy.
V.

Jane said...

Oh how I miss curb side recycling. I had that twice a week in NJ. But here in an apartment building in LA it's done differently and not as effectively. I am collecting comments about city wildlife for my third graders. I hope you will stop by!

Eurodog said...

Belgians are an unruly lot on the whole but I am pleased to say that we recycle.
We have a weekly paper/cardboard collection and weekly plastic/cartons/aluminium collection. Regular household rubbish is twice a week. Oddly enough gerdening rubbish is not collected but has to be taken to the tip for composting.

Smalltown RN said...

that is great jmb....even in my smalltown they recycle...every two weeks they actually come around and do a pick up....I take all of my bottles to the recycling depot...and I compost..anyhow...back to plastic...good for you for doing your bit...

ipanema said...

it's great that you are practising it! hahahaha...yes, the flowers did the works! :)

TeacherJulie said...

We do waste segregation too in our house. Plastic bottle and cans go together.

Have a great weekend! :)

Jonzz said...

Nice composition.

TorAa said...

I'm surprised the strike in Vancouver BC still is going on.....
It seems you have the same recycling system as we do have here in Norway.
When talking about plastic bottles, we have to pay a deposit (the amount is dependent on the size) and more than 95% is thus recycled. Not bad...

Plastic, for me, is everything from dirt or vaste to art.

http://toraamusic.blogspot.com/

YTSL said...

Yeah, like in Hong Kong, there are recyling bins for paper, plastics and metal (tin, aluminium, etc.) materials -- and I've even seen ones for used batteries and printer cartridge. But thus far, have yet to be able to figure out where glass is accepted to be recycled... :S

Liz said...

Only paper, cans and glass are collected from our homes but the local tip now accepts plastic bottles (as well as shoes, glass, oil, books, you name it!)

That is one long strike! I hope it's over soon for you.

jams o donnell said...

I hope the strike is settled asap. I like the way the flowers set off the plastics. Happy weekend!

RUTH said...

We have full sized dustins (wheelie bins) for our recycled goods. I'd never fit all mine in this small box; lovely flowers :o)

A. said...

I do so agree about being amazed at what isn't always recyclable. Not, I feel, so much that it isn't recyclable, but that the authorities haven't made the effort to find a way.

Great post.

Janice Thomson said...

Good shot Jmb for your plastic theme.
You leave a very small footprint if that's all the recycling you've collected in over 3 weeks. Kudos to you.

Dragonheart said...

Nice shot of the recycle box. Here in Munich, recycling is either done in huge bins out on the street, or at the stores where you bought items. Plastic bottles, for example, have a deposit on them, so most people bring them back to the stores to be recycled and to get their money back. Being Canadian, though, we are very familiar with all the "blue box" and "black box" programs in various Canadian municipalities.

My plastic Photo Hunt.

JC said...

Great take on the theme! Hope your trash collectors get their differences ironed out and get back to work!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Putting the plant in the photo is a great idea, jmb!

gwapasila said...

very neat photos. Check my entry too if u have time. TC

Drew said...

Recycling, Yeah! good on yah, that is a great thing to be doing. I have full buckets each week too.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Recycling is a bit of a pain, but I lot of councils now insist on splitting up waste into different bags.

Bottles in one colour, paper another, then the rest.

We don't bother, because we use so few bottles and hardly any paper since I started reading the Telegraph online.

alisonwonderland said...

good choice for this week's theme! and good luck with the strike situation!

Chen said...

There are different recycling bins over here in Malaysia for different stuffs, such as paper, plastics and metal materials but often being misused.

jmb said...

Thanks to everyone who came by and commented on my "garbage". Recycling is a worthy cause but I do hope the production line begins again soon.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
regards
jmb

Heart of Rachel said...

I admire that you are an advocate of recycling. We also practice recycling in our city.

Hope the strike will be over soon for the benefit of all.

Thanks for visiting.

lady macleod said...

I do love the flowers!

Too true the power the chaps in garbage have. Did you know that garbageman is in the top ten most dangerous jobs? Yes, right at the top I believe.

Siani said...

You're very lucky to have a plastics recycling facility. My local council only collects glass, paper and cans. Great choice of pic for this week's theme.

Political Umpire said...

You do have an eye for a picture, JMB.

I have a related question to ask you. Am trying to organise a family reunion of sorts and am looking at places roughly half way between London and New Zealand. What is Vancouver like around early Jan? Impossibly snowed in?

Carver said...

Hi JMB,

I tagged you for an award. Regards, Carver

Dr. James P. Holdren said...

Wish we could recycle youth.

jmb said...

PU,
If you come back looking for an answer I have made a detailed one in a comment on one of your posts.
My email is in my profile.
regards
jmb

Mary said...

Hi JMB - I have often written to our local Council to ask them to arrange recycling of plastic - they keep telling me they can't do it due to various reasons - I'm not giving up and will keep pestering them. How come if I lived in the next county I could happily save up all of my plastic bottles and put them in the recycling bin! However, I can recyle glass, cans and of course, garden waste in my special extra large green recycling bin which is collected every two weeks. Also, reference your article on pizzas, my favourite pizza in Italy was artichoke and ham, otherwise like you, I prefer them from the UK