26 Jun 2016

Quiz 13- 10 Questions on waste and garbage

Introduction: "The biggest waste of water in the country by far. You spend half a pint and flush two gallons." (Referring to toilets)
Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh (1921 - )British consort of Queen Elizabeth II.

1. What is Kitchen Midden?

2. Marpol Annex 5, governs / regulates the discharge and disposal of whose garbage or Garbage from where?

3. This is perhaps the most printed logo/ clipart ever (IMHO). You can perhaps see it in most packing and packaging. No one is really sure who actually designed it, so I won't ask you that- but what is it called ?

4. On August 31, 1986, the cargo ship Khian Sea, was loaded with more than 14,000 tons of ash from waste incinerators in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The operators of Khian sea intended to dump the ash in the Bahamas. However, the Bahamian government turned the ship away, and Philadelphia withheld payment to the companies because the waste was not disposed of. Over the next 16 months, Khian Sea tried to dump its cargo in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Bermuda, Guinea Bissau and the Dutch Antilles and in January 1988, the crew finally dumped 4,000 tons of the waste near Gonaïves in Haiti as "topsoil fertilizer". When Greenpeace informed the Haitian government of the origin of the waste the ship slipped away.
Next the crew of Khian Sea tried to unload the rest of the cargo in Senegal, Morocco, Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka and Singapore. After repairs in Yugoslavia, the ship's name was changed to Felicia, and then Pelicano. But these changes failed to hide the ship's original identity.
One day in November of 1988 the rest of the ash disappeared when the ship was en route from Singapore to Sri Lanka. Eventually the ship's captain admitted that they had dumped the remaining 10,000 tons of the waste into the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Over the years, various attempts to return the ash dumped in Haiti failed.
Greenpeace and Haitian environmental groups launched a "Project Return to Sender" and in April 2000, 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated soil was shipped to Florida and in June 2002 that waste was moved to Mountain View Reclamation Landfill, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania near Antrim Township.

The case contributed to the creation of which Convention in 1989 to Control the Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal and is Named after a place in Switzerland?

5. The study of this natural phenomenon picked up momentum after Peruvians engaged in mining and exporting guano (phosphate-rich bird droppings used as fertilizer) observed that the occurrence of this created problems for guano-mining enterprises. During this phenomenon, guano-producing seabirds would mysteriously perish in great numbers, their carcasses washing up on shore in the millions followed by the  reduction in the amount of guano available along the Peruvian coast. The guano thus inspired the study of which phenomenon?

6. It's existence was predicted in a 1988 paper published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, and discovered in 1997 by Capt. Charles J. Moore on his return from the Transpacific Yacht Race. Today a total of 4 have been discovered in our oceans. What am I talking about ?

7. It was invented by Harry Wasylyk  a Canadian inventor and Larry Hansen of Lindsay, Ontario, who worked for the Union Carbide Company there . They were first intended for commercial use and were first sold to the Winnipeg General Hospital. Union Carbide then bought the invention from Wasylyk and Hansen and first manufactured it under the name Glad, for home use in the late 1960s. Which product?

8.  Among many things Fred Lawrence Whipple is well known for, two things take the cake. He proposed the "Dirty snowball" theory for comets (i.e. comets were icy objects containing some dust and rock ) and the other is for designing the Whipple Shield. What is the Whipple shield used for ?

9. Lillian Moller Gilbreth, the mother of 12 children, was a pioneer in ergonomics, Gilbreth patented many devices, including an electric food mixer, shelves for refrigerator door and which other household device which helps to make our garbage disposal a wee bit easy?

10. He was a great writer and philosopher. One of his best selling epic poem "Henriade" was written in the Bastille prison, where he spent 11 months for writing poems against the regent. After his death, in 1778 he was secretly buried in a abbey in Champagne. In 1791 the remains were bought to Paris and buried in the Pantheon. In 1814 after the Bourbon restoration , his remains were stolen and dumped in a garbage heap by right ultras. Which author?


  1. 3. Keep your city clean
    4. Lausanne
    6. Garbage islands specifically plastics
    7. Lysol
    9. Garbage bins with pedals that flip top open
    10. Balzac


  2. 1.Dust bins for kitchen waste
    4.Geneva convention
    5.Lightning strikes
    7.Plastic waste bins
    9. Vacuum cleaner
    10.Alexandre Dumas

  3. Ancil Concesso26 June 2016 at 13:58

    1. Mound of garbage of prehistoric settlement (was reading about midden in our project study report – there we have to talk about archaeology of an area where the new project is proposed).
    2. Ships
    3. Keep City Clean?
    4. Basel
    5. Red tide (harmful algal bloom?)
    6. Garbage dumped in ocean?
    7. As Hospital is mentioned -probably the yellow refuse bins and bags? Which was sold as black bags for domestic use?
    8. –pass_
    9. Garbage bins with attached lid that is opened using a pedal at the bottom of the bin? Or maybe garbage ducts?
    10. French poet obviously – wild guess V. Hugo? Not sure which century he is from

  4. 2. Markets
    4. Lucerne
    6. Garbage eating fish/mammals
    9. Grate to stop waste going down sink

  5. 1) the dustbin
    2) from Guantanamo Bay
    3) the "do not litter" sign
    4) Bern Pact
    5) that the internal organs of the birds were good for promoting sex drive in humans
    6) Huge islands of floating garbage
    7) garbage disposal chutes and units
    8) it is used to protect yourself from falling space debris/meteorites/etc
    9) dsutbins/garbage bins where you can open the lid with your foot by depressing a lever; you don't need to physically touch the bin to open it
    10) Marquis de Sade

  6. 1 Garbage heap
    2 Garbage disposal from Ships
    3 Please don't litter
    4 Zurich
    5 El Nino
    6 Ocenic Gyres, trash islands
    7 Sterile (alcohol) wipes
    9 I'll go with Erator else maybe Garbage bags?

  7. 1.
    2. Buckingham Palace
    4. Zurich Convention
    6. Huge trash collections in the middle of the ocean
    7. Recycled (black-coloured) plastic garbage bag
    8. By ships to avoid floating debris in the ocean
    9. Dustbin with foot-pedal-operated lid

  8. Hi Delson,

    Bet you get some really 'creative' answers for this quiz.

    1. A yard where kitchen waste is thrown (including bones)
    2. Industrial waste into the sea
    3. Do not litter / Use dustbins
    4. Basel Convention
    5. El Nino
    6. Large Floating masses of garbage in the oceans
    7. Home Deodoriser
    8.To protect toilet seats
    9. Composting device
    10. Alexandre Dumas