It is quoted: “We are living on this planet as if we have another one to go to when this one is unliveable.” Well, I think I can safely say that the journey to the new planet probably won’t happen in my or my children’s lifetime. We need to pay attention to how we care for the Earth and what we are leaving for the generations ahead.
I agree full heartedly with the statement: “If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”
With today being Canada’s 50th Earth Day, I am excited to remind residents that the City of Warman will soon welcome SARCAN into the community! Here are some fun facts about the organization:
Warman’s SARCAN (which will be the SARCAN’s 73rd recycling depot in the province!) will be unique. The organization constructed the building with waste reduction top of mind. In fact, it could possibly be the “greenest” depot they operate so far! So what makes the Warman SARCAN special? The front-end will be bagless. Instead of using plastic bags to sort containers, the Warman depot will utilize a series of conveyors to transport the containers directly to the back for processing. Not only is this conveyor belt system better for the environment, but it is more efficient and allows employees to give faster service. Bonus: because they won’t be hauling around heavy bags of containers, this system is less strenuous for staff.
Items are sorted by material type by SARCAN employees. Containers are flattened, while clear and coloured glass is crushed in a giant glass crusher. Plastic, aluminum and paper cartons are packed into giant bales. Once sorted and packaged at the depot, it is all sent to a SARCAN processing plant where everything can be turned into new and used products.
Throughout the building are LED lights that are motion activated, so only the lights that are needed at any particular moment will be on. The lights automatically shut off after 10 minutes of no movement. Customers will also have access to a hand-cleaning station should they require it. This eliminates the amount of Handi-Wipes waste that most depots currently use.
I know I am not the only resident who is excited for the grand opening!
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb