The Zero Waste policy adapted by the Slocan Valley Regional District is a truly marvelous challenge to all who live there. I have no doubt everyone has had to think about garbage, no matter where home happens to be: garbage happens to be a fact of life. I also have no doubt garbage gets produced for some reason; but still, I daresay what to do with it surely must be a puzzle anyone and everyone can find worth solving.
I have observed much magical recycling already going on here - from composting to rag-weaving to practical wooden objects fashioned from bits and pieces by crafty woodworkers in their own workshops (spoons, salad utensils, hair ornaments, bowls, boxes, walking sticks) but what has intrigued me mightily is the success of the glassblowers cooperative Yellowknife successfully supports. My mind's eye is repeatedly envisioning a similarly constructive approach to the Resource Reclamation (what once was labeled "waste management") which has been taking place right here.
That mind's eye won't stop observing what goes on around me, nor does it cease wondering, mulling over what it observes. Monkey-minded as that may be, my thinking head feeds me; so I listen to it. On occasion, I've been known to repeat what it processes. As I much prefer all that to be of benefit so I do my best to get my brain to act in cooperation with the rest of me.
"Garden envy," as New Denver's Margaret Hartley put it, is a disease I'm getting to be quite fond of. It's got possibilities, you know?
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