There is nothing like the internet for sharing good ideas. Every so often a good one that originated outside of the Middle East is too good not to share. Like buying and selling meals cooked in your own neighborhood, or this brilliant chamber pot/watering can. The value of composting is beginning to be understood in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi even plans to compost oil waste. But sometimes lacking are good systems for collecting neighborhood compost. British Columbia has come up with a genius solution to that very problem.
Residents in downtown Victoria now have the option of paying a tiny amount of money each month to have their compost collected – by someone on a bicycle!
A three-wheeled bicycle sporting a refuse container capable of carrying up to a whopping 136kg of onion peels and banana skins then transports the waste to a central facility. Eventually, the compost will be sold as fertilizer.
This is a win win situation. The person riding the bike (except in soggy weather) gets a great workout, the compost is transported and reused, and diverted from the landfill, but not a single drop of oil is used or pound of emissions released.
Sometimes – though this service, to my knowledge, is not yet available in the Middle East, it’s good enough to live in the realm of possibility. Someone else’s innovations or products can often inspire innovation in others.
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