Speech On Good Choices

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Thank you for an opportunity to participate in the webinar on Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights and Environmental Protection in Ontario. The webinar was very informative. You have highlighted many important environmental issues. For instance, it is very regrettable that was not found a solution for mercury contamination in Northwestern Ontario area. As you mentioned, mercury is highly toxic and can cause extremely serious health effects. The mercury contamination can be present as a result of the broken fluorescent lamp in any household, office and industrial site. Mercury vapour can be released into the air even at room temperature. The mercury air concentration after breakage of the fluorescent lamps can lead to a health…show more content…
• Waste reduction in the circular economy is vital for climate change mitigation. However, non-recyclable waste products (e.g. contaminated plastic, paper, diapers, medical waste, waste biomass, anaerobic digestion and industrial byproducts, etc.) are very difficult to recycle and reuse. Using appropriate Waste-to-Energy technologies, non-recyclable waste can be converted into higher value clean energy products, diverted from landfills and prevent contamination of air, water, and land. The circular economy could be based on emerging technologies of the applied Waste-to-Energy technologies and not limited to recycling. Therefore, “Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy” could include the use of effective waste-to-energy technologies in the circular economy to extract energy from non-recyclable waste. The waste feedstock can be a cost-effective and environmentally sound supply of clean energy source and replace a portion of fossil fuels. The waste potentially can be transformed into various forms of clean energy products, such as electricity, hydrogen, liquid synthetic fuels, and “green” chemicals. The circular economy could be based on emerging technologies of the applied Waste-to-Energy technologies and not limited to recycling, incineration and anaerobic digestion. Incineration is a wasteful use
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