Kerouac, I have a lot of old wooden furniture that was probably made extremely locally. But while I do have some locally-made clothing, most isn't. Things like socks and tights used to be made in Canada, many of them in Québec. No more. Obviously there are no locally-made computers.
A year ago we had to figure out a way of launching the Guy Fawkes rockets successfully. I gave my gardener some 2L cool-drink bottles to bury in the garden - facing at a slight angle so the rockets would shoot over the farm on the other side of the road. After that we forgot about them until just before this past New Year's Eve. They were still there ready and re-cycled for the next volly of rockets! He even put the caps back on to keep them dry.
Scottish artist Michael Pinsky has put on temporary display some of the "treasures" fished out of the Canal de l'Ourcq which runs through the Parc de la Villette. The Vélib municipal bicycles have paid a particularly high tribute to the canal.
Next week the Canal Saint Martin is going to be drained for 4 months for its first major cleaning since 1999. The things they are going to find in it will defy the imagination.
I'm not sure this is the right place to put this since it involves my office, but I always carefully separate my work trash and most goes into a recycle bin. My workplace has a plan that includes recycling of all paper, aluminum, glass, and most plastic. I only use my regular trash can for non-compliant materials such as Kleenex tissues and food wrappers.
In recent months we've had a change in our nighttime cleaning staff. I've met the new night person but I'm not usually around when he comes to collect my carefully sorted office trash.
Since I'm working late today I was there when he came to collect the garbage and I watched as he carefully combined both my cans and then dumped everything all together into his big refuse bin!
Apparently, we have not been recycling on my end of the hall for the past few months!
Tomorrow we have in our neighborhood a rummage sale that is to take place on the little commercial street that runs for about ten blocks. It will be an opportunity for folks to sell unwanted items, books, clothes, etc. I hope the weather holds up but, surely it would be rescheduled because so much effort has gone into this event.
I recycle everything I think should/could be recycled. But the gardienne in my old building used to chew me out when I put something in the yellow bin that she disagreed with - even if I was right about it. Thank goodness my new gardienne doesn't give a hoot one way or the other. And I am a devoted "ramasseur", even if people still give me the evil eye when I pass by a pile of poop made by someone else's dog.
This is what annoys me about European packaging - there is usually one little universal symbol for recycling, followed by "pensez a tri" (think about recycling). Then, sometimes there's one or more of these other symbols which you have to hunt for, then disassemble the packaging...or worse, read that the package is non-recyclable after all and must be thrown away! www.smitred.com/fr/content/les-symboles-du-recyclage-mode-demploi
Ramasseur is someone who collects things that are lying around. There are signs in Paris that say, "J'aime mon quartier. Je ramasse." (I love my neighborhood. I pick up.) You'd think it would be easy to understand, because there's a picture of a person with a dog on a leash and a little shovel - but, no...
While I'm walking my dog, I often get the "evil eye" from someone who is convinced that my little dog was guilty of leaving a mountain of poop - probably left by a Labrador. Since it is obvious that it was impossible for her to produce this, I just walk (pass) on by.
We went for a walk yesterday afternoon and at the entrance to a passage between some houses there was a notice: "Will the disgusting person who lets their dog crap here, where children and others step in it, pick up after your dog." Then it gave the reference of the civil code saying that you have to pick up or face a 35€ fine.
Well, I have never seen anyone charged for letting their dog crap on the sidewalk. I had the impression that things were getting a bit cleaner for a while but it seems to go downhill again. The only person I know who scoops is Argentinian.
In Paris and other big cities, the fine has been raised to 68 euros. An article in Le Parisien says there were 2507 fines issued for dog shit and 2189 fines for peeing in the street in Paris last year. These are the most difficult fines to issue, because you have to catch the culprit in flagrante delicto. An additional 11,248 fines were issued for trash bags abandoned on the street or trash containers put out too early or taken in too late. On top of those, there were another 9000 fines for "public insalubrity" but the article did not give details.
i do see quite a few people who scoop here, but there are more who don't. and it is indeed sometimes difficult, especially when outside with a person who on principle doesn't look where she's going and runs very fast so you can't stop her and occasionally falls down, too (fortunately so far, she has never managed to land her clothes or face in dog poop, but i am just waiting for that day) ...
i do sometimes wait a bit when i see a dog poop, to see if the owner picks it up, but not sure what i'd do if i saw them just walking on (well i saw that a few times but they were the type of people i'd be a bit scared of getting into a fight with - and they had big dogs with them, which makes it even scarier) ... but yeah, blaming someone if you don't know if it really was them is a bit mean ...