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Cause and Effluent


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Ont Healthy Communities Coalition
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 24 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

The prevailing approach to waste management in North America is dump and flush. But as cities run out of capacity in their own dumps and sewage treatment plants, rural communities confront ever-expanding landfills, manure from factory farms, and urban sewage sludge spread on farm fields. The result: rural land, water and air are increasingly at risk. Cause & Effluent explores a range of ecological technologies and strategies available for rural municipalities, farms and households that treat waste as a resource rather than a burden. Some of the case studies include: *An organic beef farm near Stirling, Ontario where traditional manure composting techniques foster healthy land, cows and consumers; *Forteau on the Labrador coast where a school wastewater treatment system combines filtration by locally available sphagnum peat moss with a constructed wetland; *The Toronto Waldorf School, in a remnant of natural landscape ringed by suburbs, recycles its wastewater through an enclosed biological sewage treatment greenhouse; *Interface Flooring factory in Belleville, Ontario which over the past seven years has reduced its energy use by 70% and its output to landfill by over 90%, while increasing production, jobs and profit.

Links: http://www.healthycommunities.on.ca