You know what nobody likes to talk about? Waste. And I’m not just talking fecal matter, I mean any kind of waste. We humans leave behind waste everywhere we go, without a second thought, as if there’s nothin’ to it.
Maybe it’s because I am an immigrant, or maybe because my parents taught to me to value things, but my heart breaks from America’s wasteful attitude. Nowadays, things are not built to last, which explains why they often need to be disposed of after minimal wear ‘n’ tear. But when you grow up saving and reusing stuff, it just becomes second nature. Think of all the containers that are wasted in the food making/takeout industry. All those plastic containers can be saved and reused for home lunches! Instead, they wind up in the trash, and eventually litter the streets…
Sure, there are some loose guidelines about recycling, for example in NY. But who really enforces them? My family can recycle all they want (and we do try), but our recycling is not even a drop in the bucket compared to industrial waste, or even waste from small businesses. How hard is it to separate paper and plastic/metal/glass from everything else?
Then there are those that postulate that even if they separate recyclables, garbage collectors throw everything in one bin. Following that logic, why bother at all?
All I know is, if things keep going at this rate, there will be more waste on this planet than anything else! What are we going to do with all this garbage – there is physically no space for it anymore! Instead of making grand plans to send it up to space or bury it, perhaps we should steer our attention to conserving our resources. We should make things out of natural, durable materials, that can be reused and eventually recycled/biodegraded. And if science does allow for this, the much harder part will be to change the attitudes of people. Cherishing our environment and planet should be a priority for everyone, instilled in us from childhood! It should not be our instinct to waste and spit on our planet that gave rise to so much life and beauty….
See recycling ideas at earth911.com.