It’s time to talk about metal. Since the Lasqueti dump closed, folks have been wondering what to do with metal garbage as its not accepted at the Nanaimo Landfill. The Let’s Talk Trash team and WMMark are planning a metal collection day for August. We’ll keep you posted as details become clear.
Most infrastructure is built with metal. Airports, highways, bridges, all need metal. So do cars, computers, appliances, windows, fixtures, bikes, and toys, (the list goes on). Copper, in particular, is essential to modern life as it transmits power and information. Metal is versatile. Metal requires ore and energy to be created. Metal can also be recycled over and over without altering its properties. Metal is precious. Because of this it’s (slightly) more likely to be recycled than it is to be landfilled.
Scrap metal recycling is a big business player in the global economy. Scrap metal buyers know that mining ore is costly. Most of us know that resources are finite and that depleted mines leave behind disastrous, toxic scars on the Earth. Still, the demand to extract more ore remains. It makes economic sense to reuse what metal has already been torn from the ground. The EPA states that using scrap metal provides a 75% in energy savings over using virgin ore.
The first step in recycling metal is to collect it, usually in a scrap yard. Then, it’s sorted into component parts either by machine, or dismantled by hand (in the case of many developing countries which buy scrap metal for processing). Magnets are used to separate out iron and steel. Non-ferrous metals (aluminum, silver, copper, brass) are sorted by weight and colour. After sorting and shredding, the metals are cleaned. All contaminants are removed so they don’t affect the quality of the recycled product. Once cleaned, the metals are melted, purified, and re-formed into solid usable units called ingots or into sheets. The process is energy intensive but not as damaging as mining for ore.
The metals most commonly recycled are aluminum and steel. Approximately, 2/3 of manufactured steel comes from recycled steel. Silver, brass, copper and gold are so valuable they are rarely thrown away so they don’t cause waste problems. Consider the metal all around you. It might once have been part of a car, filing cabinet, bridge or phone line. Before that it was a seam in the ground. When you leave metal in the bush or dump it in the landfill this means you don’t understand the value and benefits of recycling metal. One of the articles I read suggested that throwing away a single aluminum can wastes the energy equivalent to that same can full of gas. So evaluate the metal bits in your yard (before they rust away) and bring them to the metal collection event when it happens in August.
From LIPMAC: Logistics for Proposed One OFF/One On Strategy to Minimize Unwanted Vehicles on the Island. The Lasqueti Island Waste Management Advisory Committee (also known as LIPMAC) has prepared the following list of tow truck operators and barge operators to make it easier and simpler to remove unwanted vehicles from the island. This contact information can be used NOW. Everyone willing to remove a vehicle before bringing another one onto the island is strongly encouraged to do so. Please use these resources to reduce the waste stream in an efficient, responsible manner by arranging your unwanted vehicle to be barged off the island.
Tow Truck Operators:
FROM WMMARK: Free Store is now open. Please respect the signs. Practice social distancing. Go in the front door, leave through the back. Drop donations during opening hours so they can be quarantined. Ginja and I are considering changing Monday hours to coincide with the opening of the Recycling Depot, 10-2 instead of 1-5. Feedback or questions about anything Waste related please contact Mark 250-333-8601 or 2504-240-9886. Email - email@example.com
Trash Removal System: first Thursday of the month, 11 am - 1 pm, at the Weldon Road Boat Ramp. If the weather is unfavourable, they’ll try the following Monday, same time and place. WMM will inspect Lasqueti Island residential waste destined for the Nanaimo Landfill before its loaded onto a bin on Keith’s barge. No construction materials, renovation or demolition waste, prohibited waste, organics, recyclable material or stewardship materials. $5 per bag, $25 per truckload. Mattresses and boxsprings $15 each.
Recycling Depot: Fall/Winter Hours October 1st- March 31st
- Mondays 10 am - 2 pm
- Thursdays 1- 5 pm
- Closed on Statutory Holidays.
All recycling is monitored. Please bring it CLEAN and DRY.
Free Store: Fall/Winter Hours October 1st -March 31st
-Thursdays 1 - 5 pm
Ginja requests you drop off outstanding items only i.e. clean, usable clothing and household items. Please, NO food, garbage, recycling, TV’s, soft foam, batteries, electrical devices, mattresses or hazardous materials ie: chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, prescription/non-prescription drugs, or pills in general.
Also, check out the BUY, SELL, and TRADE bulletin board beside the front door of the Free Store. Lot’s of people are using it!
Return-It Beverage Depot open 24/7
Front left of Free Store. Accepts refundable beverage containers: beer, cider, pop, coconut water cans, boxed wine cartons (leave them intact), water jugs and tetra juice packs. No, milk containers and any kind of glass - please take these to the recycling depot.
Recycle BC Website: www.recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions for me and the qRd Let’s Talk Trash team please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org or 8601.
LASQUETI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION:
The LCA AGM date has been changed to SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, at 1pm at the Community Hall.
Postponing our meeting will allow us to compile reports from individual committees and publish them in this paper with time enough for our membership to take in information and prepare questions, in an attempt to streamline our meetings and maintain an informed voting body. If you are on an LCA Committee, please have your committee submit a brief report to LCA@lasqueti.ca if there are any noteworthy updates or suggested motions to put forward.
Of particular note this year, the Hall Building Committee has prepared a strategic plan for preparing to make structural improvements to the Community Hall. This report will also be made public prior to the AGM. FYI: the LCA allows for absentee voting but not voting by proxy. You don't have to be present to be counted, but you must cast your own vote! We will not be holding this meeting electronically and instead hope to present any pertinent information or proposed motions in advance. Emily
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy is continuing to work on conservation during the pandemic.
In the last month, Aigul, Doane, Simmah, Peter J, Gordon, and Izzy worked in the Osland reserve to add some more native plants to the exclosure near the wetland and remove the invasive blackberries. Thank you!
In May SeaChange Conservation Society came to Lasqueti and spent a week collecting debris impacting eelgrass habitat in three bays around the island (False, Maple and Scottie). The debris filled a 40 cubic yard bin once it was transferred at French Creek Harbour. They also planted 930 shoots of eelgrass off Lindberg Island at the entrance to Scottie Bay. Many thanks Wendy and Bruce for allowing them to stay in a separate cabin, and to the 3 divers and the Operations Manager and all at SeaChange Thank you!
BC Parks came over to review an access trail through Squitty Bay park to Salish View Nature Reserve. LINC is working with BC Parks and Islands Trust Conservancy (ITC) to create a simple trail that ensures that people can safely access our newest protected area.
We published our summer Newsletter recently, available at the post office, and on the website: lasqueti.ca/linc. In addition, because we haven’t been able to walk on the crown lands this spring as a group, we have published digitally four “Seen In Passing” editions, which share cool nature photos folks have seen recently and some resources about biodiversity and wildlife.
LINC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Squitty Bay this year August 16th. If you would like to help LINC with projects, get updated on our current and future projects and plans, or be part of the conservation and stewardship of Lasqueti island, please join us, email email@example.com.
LASQUETI VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS:
As with so many events this summer, the annual Fire Fighters’ Picnic is, regrettably, cancelled. The Picnic has traditionally been an important source of funding for the departmental budget. Please consider making a donation in support of our volunteers.
LIVFD has developed its COVID-19 Safety Plan, in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements. The Plan identifies risks and establishes mitigation protocols. Monthly fire practice and first responder training have resumed, as well as Health & Safety meetings and fire hall inspections.
While the Coastal burn ban has been rescinded, residents and visitors are asked to remain mindful of the risks of out of control fires on the Island. Avoid making campfires in windy conditions and never leave a fire unattended. The fire must be completely extinguished before you leave. Be sure to have a bucket and water available at all times. Save open burning for late fall, your neighbours will also be appreciative.
Have you checked the battery on your smoke detector lately? Batteries usually need to be replaced twice a year.
LIVFD is recruiting new personnel for First Responder and Response Coordinator positions. Volunteers benefit from a substantial tax break, massive appreciation from the community, an excellent Christmas party and free training, in exchange for a 3-year commitment. A small honorarium is also coming soon. Our pool of First Responders is currently on a 2-week rotation and we are urgently in need of some new recruits. At optimum staffing levels, First Responders are on call one week in every four. When on call, responders need to be available 24 hours and have reliable access to a vehicle. Shift coverage can be arranged at any time. There are at least 4 first responders on call at any time, so you will always respond with the support of a team. On average, there are less than 40 calls per year, therefore a weekly shift may go by without incident. Practices are held monthly and dinner is usually provided.
If you are at all interested in getting trained, even if you’re only here seasonally or otherwise can’t make a full commitment, please get in touch with Julia (firstname.lastname@example.org / 250 228 2284).
Our annual training intake had to be postponed due to COVID-19, but we’ve now scheduled a training session for the 2 weekends of July 24th, 25th and 26th (Fri/Sat/Sun) and Aug 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Sat/Sun/Mon).
Submitted by: Sue Ashcroft, with contribution from Hilary Duinker
LAST RESORT SOCIETY NEWS/UPDATES:
Things are gradually looking more “normal” at the Judith Fisher Centre as we move into this not-quite-normal summer. The health centre is now open to a variety of uses. Nurse Dianne is holding weekly Thursday clinics — please continue to call first when possible: Dianne’s cell is 250-240-5712. Counselor Dan Clark has returned for monthly mental health sessions (call Dianne to get on the list). Local practitioners are again welcome to provide their services from our treatment rooms, while following their profession’s current protocol. And as of June 28th, we are cautiously open for small group meetings (up to 8 people) as well.
Re-opening for Group Meetings
Should your group meet at the JFC? It’s up to you: everyone must use their informed judgment to determine the relative risks and benefits of meeting in person. The LLRS has developed new guidelines with respect to current provincial health orders, and asks all groups meeting at the JFC to read and follow them. These guidelines are available online at https://www.judithfishercentre.com/archive.html, and will be updated as needed. Keep in mind that meeting online, or meeting outside is still recommended by health authorities, and the JFC supports groups to use our outdoor areas if desired. For more information about group use, email email@example.com.
Call out to all interested LLRS members: volunteers are required to serve on a nominating committee, for the purpose of identifying individuals in the community who would be great candidates for the LLRS Board of Directors. The committee will talk amongst itself, and then reach out to possible candidates to confirm their availability for nomination at the LLRS AGM on September 12th. There will be room for several new directors, who can contribute in a wide variety of ways: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-333-8891 if you might be up for being on the nominating committee — or up for being nominated! If you’re not currently an LLRS member, it’s extremely easy to join.
Thanks for Keeping the Systems Humming
In the maintenance department, many community members have gone above and beyond in recent months, contributing their expertise without expectation of thanks — but we want to thank them anyway.
Firstly, appreciation to our employees: Carly Papagiannis and Bob Kearney, who perform all daily maintenance and monitoring with dependability and skill, and to Kathie Gascoigne for keeping the building looking beautiful.
Big thanks to Ben Cochlin for providing a thorough and very enlightening training on our complicated water system, to keep everything flowing safely.
Thanks to Karl Darwin for a wide variety of technical assistance (and hand sanitizer), most recently including coordinating the transport of donated medical equipment from French Creek.
Thanks to Keith and KGL Freight for graciously accommodating our freight needs. Thanks to Jan Darwin for volunteering skills and time toward a multitude of maintenance projects. Thanks to Daniel Jacobs of Daring Sky Solar for pro-bono reprogramming and optimization of the power system.
In addition to serving as LLRS President, Vic Downard has also been coordinating many of these maintenance happenings, and probably spending way too much time “on the job”. We’re all relieved that the abundance of skill and experience on Lasqueti has led to all systems currently running smoothly, and the buildings and grounds looking great.
A Significant Hole in the Ground
If you’ve been in the neighborhood of the JFC during the last full week of June, you may have heard the sounds of an excavator — and yes, that noise signifies the beginning of breaking ground for the new elder cottage duplex. This project is gathering momentum, and it looks like a lot will be happening this summer! This is the result of many months of work (and they are by no means done yet) by the Building Committee, including chair Wendy Bartholomew, Shirley Rogers, Doane Grinnell, Ray Lipovsky, Gwen Bigsby, Vic Downard, and Tom Carter.
Call for Possible Occupants
If you have considered the idea of living in a comfortable, affordable and accessible cottage at the JFC, now is a great time to fill in an application. Completing the application is free, non-binding, and confidential: the applications are read only by a small residency committee, who use a system to determine who could benefit most from the opportunity to live in one of the units. If you would like either a paper or emailed application, just let me know.
Robin Jacobs, Administrator
Lasqueti Last Resort Society | The Judith Fisher Centre
#1 China Cloud Bay Road, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0
PHONE: (250) 333-8891
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