THORNE BAY WASTE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
We are conducting an Integrated Waste Management Plan for the City of Thorne Bay with participating families/people. This is a study of solid waste to develop a community profile on recyclables, solid waste and how to move forward to help reduce solid waste in our landfill.
Participants will be asked to separate wastes into different bags, such as – food waste and plant organics, recyclables (cardboard, paper, aluminum, and such), plastics, Styrofoam, glass, metals, commercial construction, special wastes, and hazardous wastes for a full week. Instructions will be given to participating families/people.
An Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan helps communities create recycling plans, to help reduce solid waste taken to the local landfill and cut down on greenhouse gases.
- Up to 50% of household waste is food (Most foods can be composted to create a natural fertilizer that is more Earth Friendly and cheaper on your pocketbook)
- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or
- It takes much less energy and other resources to recycle an aluminum can then it takes to make a new
- Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.
- Each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the earth four
- Landfill waste causes an environmental hazard, such as chemicals from car batteries and other dangerous liquids can be washed through the soil, contaminating drinking
- Plastic bottles, caps, wrapping break down into
- Microplastics in different forms are present in almost all water systems in the world, be they streams, rivers, lakes or
Thorne Bay Integrated Waste Management Plan Sign-Up
The City of Thorne Bay in cooperation with the Organized Village of Kasaan is working on creating an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP). Upon completion this plan will help both communities create recycling programs, solid waste reduction and educate community members on the importance of recycling, reducing, and reusing items around households, businesses, and landfills. If you are so inclined, please sign up to participate in this week-long project.
Each family/person will be given instructions on how to participate, learn and help with this project, all help is greatly appreciated in this project.
Other Waste Items
It takes a significant period of time for a material to decompose completely, depending on the type of material and the method of degradation.
Here are some estimates for common waste items:
|Waste Item||Decomposition Time|
|Aluminum cans||200-250 years|
|Canvas products||1 year|
|Cigarette butts||10-12 years|
|Cotton gloves||3 months|
|Foamed plastic cups||50 years|
|Leather shoes||25-40 years|
|Milk cartons||5 years|
|Monofilament fishing line||600 years|
|Nylon fabric||30-40 years|
|Painted board||13 years|
|Rubber boot soles||50-80 years|
|Sanitary pads||500-800 years|
|Styrofoam||Does not biodegrade|
|Tin can||50 years|
|Tinfoil||Does not biodegrade|
|Train tickets||2 weeks|
|Wool clothing||1-5 years|
Waste Management Sign-Up Sheet
Sign up to participate in Thorne Bay and Kasaan’s Integrated Waste Management Plan