Biosolids: Waste or Resource?

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Kevin Brady

There has been some discussion in the municipality about the pros and cons of applying bio-solids to agricultural fields.  More broadly, there is a larger conversation about how we move our economy from a linear take-make-waste economy to a more circular economy.

In a circular economy, wastes are looked at as resources to be recovered, reused or recycled. In some cases this is pretty straight forward (e.g. aluminium can and paper fibre recycling) in other cases we need to make adjustments to infrastructure and regulations to ensure resources are not wasted (e.g. rules and systems to ensure proper and safe recovery and managament of the valuable materials in electronics products such as laptops and mobile phones).  For example, the European Union (EU) recently passed a circular economy package to help improve the circularity of their economy. It was interesting to see one of the first actions the EU has taken is to “set out common rules on converting bio-waste into raw materials that can be used to manufacture fertilising products”. 

The rules will “define safety, quality and labelling requirements that all fertilising products need to comply with to be traded”, helping turn a problem into an opportunity. It would seem that, in this instance, Quebec is ahead of the curve as it already has rules defining quality, safety and labelling requirements for biosolids. Maybe we should be looking for more opportunities to turn our wastes into resources. There are many examples of businesses who turn agricultural waste into biomaterials and this could be an economic development opportunity for our municipality.

See http://circulatenews.org/2016/03/first-circular-economy-package-legislat...

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http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/matieres/mat_res-en/fertilisantes/critere/...

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Riding in style: massive upgrade to Pontiac bus route

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Kate Aley

It's smooth and it's quiet with internet access, a 36" flat screen TV and reclining seats and it leaves Allumette Island at 10 minutes to 5 am every day. This is the new coach that runs Route 148 and you can be on it. This week, riders taking the Campeau Bus Line to the city were treated to a brand-new luxury coach, a demonstration vehicle in service before the permanent vehicle becomes available in about a weeks time.

Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

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