We need great big garbage dump for all our plastics

Dear Editor:

I have been suspicious for some time about what happens to the contents of our blue bin.

How is it that all that assorted mess of plastic and paper mysteriously gets turned back into quality items we reuse over and over?

It’s now becoming apparent that most ends up in landfills, and the supposed good plastic gets shipped to developing countries where the magic happens.

However, it’s also becoming apparent that shipping-containers of plastic are quietly being dumped into rivers and oceans.

I would like Canada to take the lead and stop shipping plastic elsewhere. Rather, each province can designate some remote area away from waterways and create a massive plastic dumping ground (as gross as that sounds).

The pile might take a thousand years to break down, but it would be as inert as the oil it once was (and in the ground for millions of years). At least it would stay confined in a relatively small space compared to being dumped into water systems that eventually disperse across millions of miles of oceans, infecting all the creatures we rely on for diverse life and food for all living things. This is insanity at the highest level.

It should be relatively simple to have everyone in the world to stop this by first taking responsibility for our own garbage and then funding those who are too poor to clean up past mistakes.

I am pretty sure the benign but visibly massive landfills of plastic waste would spur a new and much-needed discussion about how much waste we create just to lower prices, maximize convenience and us keep us safe.

If we can’t muster up the passion to fix that problem, then at least these used oil products will be back where they once were so that we stop ruining the oceans that provide life to all.

Michael Neill, Kelowna

Oil makes our lives better

Dear Editor:

When considering the necessity of petroleum to all of us, remember, oil and its derivatives are used in over 6,000 items — all of which make your lives easier, better and safer.

Look around and start counting.

Stuart Morrison, Kelowna

He’s tired of the mayor

Dear Editor:

Re: Basran tires of housing complainers (The Daily Courier, June 18, page A1)

We too are tired of you and your circle of clowns for not listening to council or the voting public expressing their points of view and not being heard, considering that we pay your salaries.

We too are tired of your group being given a gold award for urban planning considering this city has the seventh highest rental rates and insane traffic.

We too are tired of your group selling out the city to developers waiving development cost charges and tax holidays, then complaining that there is no money for infrastructure , which eventually will put on to the shoulder of taxpayers

We too are tired of the audacity and ego of you publicly saying that you are tired of listening to the voting public that put you in this position.

Yes, Mayor Colin Basran we too tired of you and your group of clowns.

Pat Mabbot, Kelowna

We need to do our share

Dear Editor:

Guy Bissonette (Justin Trudeau clutching at straws, June 18) argues that Canada is too small to have any effect on global climate or pollution.

“Our population is just a drop in the bucket” compared to the rest of the world, he writes. “We Canadians won’t make any significant difference in the grand scheme of things until there is buy in from the billions of those living in Third World countries.”

By his reasoning, then, we might as well go ahead and commit murders. After all, what’s a murder or two compared to the numbers of murders among the other 7.67 billion humans in the world.

And why bother washing food? It won’t make any difference to the dirty habits of the rest of the world.

And why waste money on education? We have about six million students in elementary, secondary, and post-graduate schools. They’re just a “drop in the bucket” compared to the massive illiteracy in Africa or India.

Surely the point is that we should do what we can, regardless of how much splash it makes.

Jim Taylor, Lake Country

Gods need to save world

Dear Editor:

In this overpopulated, over-industrialized, over-polluted world, are we at the mercy of gods,

Which god, which religion?

We don’t know where heaven is (if it is). In heaven, we are told we will sing praises to the Lord. All day, all night, all week, all year,

Where’s hell? I need a break. On earth, we have these little things — work, planning, entertainment, Whatever our religion and nation allows.

But too many religions and too many nations lead to too many wars.

Now the world has enough bombs to wipe humanity off the earth. So now it’s time for our gods to meet and solve the problem. Ten gods, a hundred, all of them. Good luck

Merlin Wozniak, Vernon

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