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HELP: Working with Region of Peel

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(by the way, the Region of Peel’s slogan is “working for you”, that’s where my title comes from, ha!)

Peel Waste Water Facility (click for the album)

Organization: Peel Region Public Works

Date: April 6, 2011 (at Wastewater Facility), April 28, 2011 (at Integrated Waste Management Facility)

Location: Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Facility (near Lake Ontario in Mississauga, west side of Peel) and Integrated Waste Management Facility (7795 Torbram Road,Brampton,Ontario).

Facilitator: Angela Watts, Technical Analyst for Environmental Education

About the Organization: The Region of Peel Public Works “does a lot of things for you and the community [of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon]”. Public Works is everywhere in Peel, it may be at work on our tap water, road improvements, or waste management. The Region of Peel “provides residents with infrastructure and services that we depend on every day”. It focuses on “safe, reliable service that respects the environment as well”.

At the Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Facility, we took a tour of the compound and learned about the cycle of water in the region and how wastewater from homes and industries is processed, treated and brought back to the environment. Furthermore, we learned about some shocking (or not so surprising) statistics regarding water and how much we use. We took a tour as well at the Integrated Waste Management Facility while learning about how the region’s waste is managed through recycling, transporting to landfills or incineration. We were also taught about the recycling program in Peel, differentiating what is recyclable and what is not (it’s quite surprising actually, not all plastics are recyclable, unfortunately). The Region of Peel also makes money from selling recycled materials to various businesses that are interested in such materials.

Prior to our trip to these Region of Peel facilities, I had barely any idea how the regional water makes its way through Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon or how our waste gets managed. After visiting theses facilities, I have now a good understanding of it and almost forces me (in a good way, of course) to be an active citizen and participant in our region. It even makes me appreciate the services we have much more.

Many countries in the world do not have what we have; we are very fortunate. People from Third World countries have to go for miles just to fetch water, dirty or clean. While we have them flowing in our taps. We have to do our part, we must respect the system we have, conserve as much water as we have through different initiatives in our homes (ie. change shower heads to low flow ones, replace toilets with two-flush system) and in our lifestyles (ie. drink from the tap, not from plastic water bottles). Also, continuing from the Third World point, they also generally do not have proper waste management. They are usually forced to live with their waste, therefore, compromising personal and environmental health. Now that I am an aware citizen, I do my best to conserve water and reduce, reuse and recycle; these, all while educating other people too. We should not take the services we have for granted because these are blessings that help us live a more wholesome life that we are very lucky to have. Our environment gives us life; let us not bite the hand that feeds us.

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Written by Elvin Madamba

May 15, 2011 at 7:19 PM

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