saves Earth, limits waste
need to be aware of garbage concerns
this: The United States produced more than 225 tons
of Jell-O in one year, an average of 4.4 pounds per
person per day. But only about 30 percent of that was
Seems like a waste, right? Fortunately, that didnt
happen. Instead, we produced over 225 tons of trash
and only recycled about 30 percent of that. Much worse.
Because unlike Jell-O, our trash does not materialize
into a yummy dissolvable goo. It piles up, packs into
large holes in the ground and quickly perishes
from our thoughts at least. Despite what these trash
pockets do to the soil and groundwater, there are only
so many golf courses we can create on this planet. Sooner
or later were going to run out of space.
Until then, we know how the rest of the story goes.
The rain forests deplete, global warming ensues, acid
rain falls, and generations to come slowly watch our
precious world erode. Its either that or the sun
burns out whichevers first. Both seem to
be distant realities, but our waste problem is a little
more here and now.
While you may not care about the fate of the Earth centuries
from now, the effects of recycling, or the lack thereof,
can be seen even today. According to the Environmental
Protection Agency and common sense, recycling saves
energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry,
creates jobs, and stimulates the development of greener
technologies. In addition, less trash sitting around
stewing in its own filth means less danger of disease.
not enough to make you cast down that non-biodegradable
Styrofoam tray in disgust? Understandably, convenience
is a hard leisure to let go of. But it doesnt
have to be all paper goods and timed faucets. Just being
aware and active in recycling on-campus is enough. For
all our plastic-bottle-giving Coke machines, there is
a recycling bin ready and willing to receive your waste.