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Vancouver Landfill

We spent Saturday morning at the Vancouver Landfill Open House in Delta.  This was our second visit.  We were there two years ago.  The workers take you on a guided tour of the landfill proper, though, for safety reasons, it’s all from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, and talked about how they use the methane gas generated by the waste to heat nearby greenhouses.  The guide, an engineer, also explained which of the materials hauled in by the public were being recycled and spared from ending up in the fill (tires, gyprock, among others).  Yard trimmings end up as saleable compost used by landscapers.

I picked up a handful of pamphlets about how and where to recycle electronics and paint.  The highlight for me was the garden tour.  The resident gardener gave us a walk-through of his little oasis built on top of a previous dump site.  Aside from some wildflowers that somebody else had planted, see below,  the lush vegetation were all native to South Coastal BC (click on the Native Plants for the Home Garden link): vine maple, salal, elderberry, kinnikinnick, Nootka Rose.  This knowledge will come in very handy for my yard-to-be.

Non-native wildflowers growing in the Landfill garden.

Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/9.5, 1/125s

Wildflowers: Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/9.5, 1/125s

Trained hawk/falcon used for warding off scavenging seagulls and crows (there were also wild Bald Eagles galore in the area).

Hawk: Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/4, 1/1000s

Hawk: Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/4, 1/1000s

And—it goes without saying—free hot dogs and hamburgers courtesy of the Delta Lion’s Club.  We also took home some compost.

Hamburger: Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/8, 1/60s

Hamburger: Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 at f/8, 1/60s

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