Waste Not! Carroll

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Lancelot on Zero Waste

'As Carroll County seems poised to step back from the WTE incinerator contract with Frederick County and the notion of burning resources to generate income for the NEA, Wheelabrator, and the bondholders, many in our community are asking, what are the alternatives?  Siting another landfill in Carroll County?  Hauling more waste to bury in Pennsylvania or Virginia?  Putting it on a rocket and sending it into orbit?!?

Often, people look for a neat technological fix to this problem, but others are thinking outside the box, and advocate the "Zero Waste" solution.  Some have maligned this concept as 'utopian' or impractical, but the core principle, as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance, is:

            "Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are          resources for others to use.

             Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

             Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health." 

The key concept in implementing Zero Waste is adopting policies, programs, incentives and new rules that will encourage all stakeholders to shift from wasting to reducing, reusing, recycling and composting their discarded materials.

For more information about communities that are adopting Zero Waste strategies, please visit the following websites:

Lancelot Endorses Michael Zimmer

"Lancelot of Camel-Lot, that accurate predictor of the last 2 1/2 presidential elections and frequent political pontificator, would like to announce his unofficial endorsement of Michael Zimmer (R) in District 5 for the 2010 Carroll County Commissioner race.  He tapped out his reasons the other day in his favorite paddock, where Waste Not! Carroll members were on watch awaiting his take on the upcoming local election.

Sir Lance's reasons for going with Mr. Zimmer -

1) First and foremost, Zimmer's willingness to commit $400,000,000 (projected construction and finance costs) of Carroll County dollars to the proposed Waste to Energy Incinerator with Frederick County.  Lance just loves these big tax and spend projects, where the money will hopefully go back to his native lands to help support his cousins, or at least line the pockets of fat-cats on Wall Street.

2) This project will tie us to outdated technology, masquerading as new and improved, for the next 30 years.  Lance says that's one of the main reasons we will soon see these things popping up everywhere.

3) Lancelot likes the idea of all that ash coming back to Carroll County to be used as cover at the Northern Landfill - that alone will significantly raise our recycling rate, which is a very good thing.  Plus, Public Works is actively looking for some other 'beneficial uses' for the ash.  Maybe Lance can use it for bedding in his run-in - he heard the material is perfectly safe!

4) The idea of bringing in other Counties trash to try to meet our daily required contribution to the incinerator is very appealing to Lancelot. He has learned from Mr. Zimmer that the way to solve our trash problems locally is to bring more trash into the County from outside.  Makes sense if your a camel, I guess.

5) In this time of smaller, leaner government, Lancelot thinks paying millions of dollars to the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority in administration fees over the next 30 years, while continuing to fund our local Bureau of Solid Waste and all its current activities makes sound fiscal sense.

6) Finally,  Lance thinks the emphasis on burning our waste makes a lot more sense than reducing, reusing, recycling and composting our waste resources.  Lance and Zimmer agree that the real measure of the progress of our society is how much we consume and, therefore, how much we throw away!

These are just a few of the reasons why Lance feels strongly about offering Mr. Zimmer a new campaign slogan - Wrong Man, Wrong Time."