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By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  Jan. 22 2021

Nets and ropes and other aquaculture waste could soon be diverted from the 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Centre.

At their monthly meeting Jan. 19, Regional District of Mount Waddington Director of Operations Patrick Donaghy told the board part of the landfill’s management plan is to try to address the large amounts of waste generated by the aquaculture industry. 

This waste, which is predominantly rope, netting and Styrofoam floats, takes up a significant volume of the landfill’s airspace shortening the life expectancy of existing infrastructure. The aquaculture industry and Fox’s Disposal have demonstrated a commitment to waste diversion as shown by recent success in recycling HDPE (high-density polyethylene) piping from the waste stream, Donaghy said. 

Staff are in discussions with Fox’s Disposal and Ocean Legacy to develop a system to divert the rope, netting and Styrofoam materials which will hopefully further enhance the industry’s environmental reputation for sustainability and reduce overall waste being landfilled. 

The new system should also significantly reduce the amount of material needing to be landfilled as a result of shoreline and open water clean-up efforts, said Donaghy in his report. It is also hoped that the cooperative effort will provide future opportunities for grants that will bolster diversion capacity. 

“Anyone who’s been out to 7 Mile will know that we lack not in nets or ropes and to a certain extent also at times, floats,” Donaghy said.

 

Photo —Kathy O'Reilly

Nets and ropes and other aquaculture waste could soon be diverted from the 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Centre.

‘Turn Off Screens & Turn On 

Life’ kits celebrate family literacy

North Island Eagle,  Jan. 22 2021

“Family literacy is the way parents, children and extended family members use literacy at home and in the community. It occurs naturally during the routines of daily life and helps children and adults get things done.” - Ruth Hayden & Maureen Sanders, 2017 Introduction to Family Literacy Families are children’s first and most important teachers. Improving literacy levels with active play at an early age helps improve health, social, and economic outcomes for youth and adults. The Province has proclaimed Family Literacy Week (January 24 – January 31, 2021) in British Columbia. Family Literacy Week is an annual campaign that recognizes the importance of family literacy in BC. The week includes ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day, celebrated nationally each year on January 27.   This year’s Family Literacy Week theme is “Let’s Be Active.” Active play builds physical, social, emotional, language and thinking skills. Active play is any physical activity that includes moderate to vigorous burst of high energy and raises a child’s heart rate. 

“Active play is an essential part of children’s development. Parents and caregivers are role models, so this week – and as often as possible – put down the screens and get active as a family,” says Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization.

 

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