Emperors, Waste, Ice Breakers and Mirages
Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
20Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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On an entirely different note, I mentioned that I would describe how the waste program works down here in an earlier blog, so here goes
Food Waste: Anything that might rot eventually. This is transported in a specific way different than other things that won't rot on the way to their destination.
Paper Towels: This is not just paper towels themselves, and used to be called 'burnables’. It could include saran wrap, candy wrappers, napkins, crinkly plastic bags, tissues, etc.
Mixed Paper: Printer paper, thicker paper boxes that aren’t corrugated, etc.
Plastic: Plastics 1-3 which include a lot of condiment bottles fall into this category. They must be washed out before being thrown away.
Other Plastics: The lids to condiment bottles, plastic wrappings, and other things that are made out of plastic that aren’t considered #1-3
Broken glass (must be placed in 2 plastic bags and then inside of a sealed box labeled broken glass)
Sanitary Waste (things contaminated with bodily fluids)
Sharps (needles, etc.)
Non-Recyclables (random things such as pieces of metal, rubber, vacuum bags, etc.)
After you separate your trash, it is moved to bins outside of your building which is then moved up to the waste barn and separated by hand into more specific categories. I’m not sure exactly what these are, but I know it is things such as different colors of glass, etc
Included in the group of waste bins located in the corners of buildings is a bin called ‘skua.’ This is the name of the scavenging bird that lives here. It has become a verb used in daily conversation. If you have something you don’t want anymore, but think someone else could still use it you can put it in skua. There can be some very random things in skua, but also some high quality stuff. Hiking boots, fleece jackets, books, fabric, curling irons, etc. I’ve seen a full body suit made out of fur and a wig filled with snakes. There are smaller bins around town, which are eventually taken to ‘Skua Central’ which is a small building meant specifically for skuaing things. One of the funniest sights I’ve seen down here was my friends Wesley diving head first into a skua bin in front of the galley with an actual skua behind him, just watching. I looked out the window and started laughing, and soon about 20 people that were in the galley as well came over to watch. Wesley, of course,having no idea that he had such a large and varied audience.
On some days when the visibility is good, there is a fata morgana (also known as a mirage) visible at the base of the Royal Society mountains. It is caused by a temperature inversion and causes a strange optical illusion. It was fairly strong the other day when I was at the runway...enjoy the photos.