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The only pollution at Standing Rock was the trash left behind by environmentalists

Oh the irony, the only pollution at the Standing Rock protest site wasn’t from the oil pipeline, it is from the 2500 ute loads of rubbish the smelly hippies left behind.

Daily Wire reports:

Want to know the damage environmentalists can wreak on an area? Check out these new pictures from North Dakota, where environmentalists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline left behind such a gargantuan mess near the Cannonball River that ABC News reported, “Local and federal officials estimate there’s enough trash and debris in the camp to fill about 2,500 pickup trucks.” Those trucks will have to haul the trash  away before the spring thaw, when it will pollute the Missouri River and other waterways.

On Wednesday, Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering admitted, “We’re really fighting the clock. There’s more garbage down there than anybody anticipated.” George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association, told Western Wire:

There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle.

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Well Len, this is what happens when you cancel inorganic rubbish collections

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Auckland Council cancelled inorganic rubbish collections…and this is the result.

A stink caused over a rapidly expanding mountain of garbage in a South Auckland suburb has prompted the Auckland Council to take action.

The massive pile of inorganic waste on a shared driveway on Mangere’s Robertson Rd has been building up for the last two weeks – and has prompted complaints from local residents about health issues and wafting smells.    Read more »

Is recycling really good for the environment?

It’s a valid question, is recycling good for the environment?

The hippies and greens will all say yes. Personally I have never really got into the whole recycling thing.

But is it really good for the environment?

The NY Times has an article that suggests otherwise.

While politicians set higher and higher goals, the national rate of recycling has stagnated in recent years. Yes, it’s popular in affluent neighborhoods like Park Slope in Brooklyn and in cities like San Francisco, but residents of the Bronx and Houston don’t have the same fervor for sorting garbage in their spare time.

The future for recycling looks even worse. As cities move beyond recycling paper and metals, and into glass, food scraps and assorted plastics, the costs rise sharply while the environmental benefits decline and sometimes vanish. “If you believe recycling is good for the planet and that we need to do more of it, then there’s a crisis to confront,” says David P. Steiner, the chief executive officer of Waste Management, the largest recycler of household trash in the United States. “Trying to turn garbage into gold costs a lot more than expected. We need to ask ourselves: What is the goal here?”

Recycling has been relentlessly promoted as a goal in and of itself: an unalloyed public good and private virtue that is indoctrinated in students from kindergarten through college. As a result, otherwise well-informed and educated people have no idea of the relative costs and benefits.

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Photo Of The Day

A migrant worker scavenges for materials in a landfill in the Maldives. Thilafushi is an artificial island created by filling one of the Maldives' shallow lagoons with garbage. More than 330 tons of rubbish was brought to Thilafushi each day.

A migrant worker scavenges for materials in a landfill in the Maldives. Thilafushi is an artificial island created by filling one of the Maldives’ shallow lagoons with garbage. More than 330 tons of rubbish was brought to Thilafushi each day.

Thilafushi – The “Rubbish Island”

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We already pay for rubbish collection but Len Brown wants to charge you for it again

Rebecca Wright on the Paul Henry Show explains Len Brown’s new plan to scalp ratepayers to pick up rubbish, a service we already pay for in our rates.

From next year, all of Auckland will have to pay for rubbish collection.

One of the reasons for this, says manager of Solid Waste Services Ian Stupple, is that residents are throwing out their rubbish in the wrong types of bins.

Mr Stupple differentiates between types of the bins available and how refuse bins are often the house owner’s last resort for waste.

“There’s the recycle bin, which takes anything from newspaper tins to cardboard, a food-waste bin, in addition to a food waste caddy, and then the bin that goes out to kerbside. Lastly, a refuse bin which is really the bin of last resort.”

The refuse bin is the first resort for many, which is a problem for the powers that be at Auckland Council.

They say too much waste is headed straight for landfill when it could be reduced or recycled.

And this bin will be barcoded or microchipped.

Under the new scheme, Aucklanders will pay for it to be emptied – and charged per lift   Read more »

Absentee Mayor ditches another essential council service

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While Len Brown has the painters in ahead of the disposal of his house and remains in hiding over the summer we find out that one of the council’s core services…rubbish collection…has been discontinued.

The Auckland Council has ripped out 14 rubbish bins along Okahu Bay to encourage people to take their rubbish home with them (all that’s left are the concrete pads they were sitting on).

It is being masqueraded as having been at the invitation of Ngati Whatua – which will be crap – the ACC controls the land and owned the rubbish bins.

Auckland Council and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are trialling a rubbish-free initiative at Okahu Bay this summer.

The trial sees the removal of 14 rubbish bins from the park starting from 11 January 2014   Read more »

Absolutely Positively Stupid

Via the Wellington Tipline:

NZ Post, Featherson Street branch, Wellington

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Cleaning Up Mt. Everest’s “Death Zone”

DEATH ZONE is a Nepali feature documentary.  A story told by 20 Sherpa climbers who take on the impossible mission of restoring Mount Everest – the world’s highest garbage dump, including bodies of perished climbers left behind…  (trailer)

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Maori Tip halts Roadworks

Discovery of a pile of empty pipi shells has halted roadworks for three months while iwi are consulted:

The discovery of a cluster of pipi shells has halted a million-dollar roading project.

Archaeologists and iwi representatives have inspected the midden of shellfish remains, which were found in the side of a hill about 3km from McLaren Falls Rd.

The cluster of shells was found about a month ago by contractors who were undertaking work to make McLaren Falls Rd wider and safer for vehicles.

The finding has set back the completion of the project, angering some residents.

Inroads Capital Works manager Bryan Crean said consent to continue work on the site could take up to about three months, while archaeologists and representatives from Ngati Hangarau inspected the find, which he described as “a midden of archeological material”.

For the dimwitted a midden is a fancy word for a rubbish dump:

A midden, (also kitchen midden or shell heap) is an old dump for domestic waste which may consist of animal bone, human excrement, botanical material, vermin, shells, sherds, lithics (especially debitage), and other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation.

Let’s hope it’s not the leftovers from a Taniwha’s lunch, or the whole project’s a goner.

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