Incorrect sorting of waste project by Tristan D, Maxence D, Luca M, Igman T
by Igman on November 9, 2017 - 11:30pm
Our project is aimed at eliminating incorrect sorting of waste in cities. More specifically, its goal is to diminish the use of garbage cans as the universal waste bins and instead, encourage people to recycle and compost as often as they can.
Our approach to this problem is to fabricate stickers that we will put on municipal garbage cans all over Saint-Lambert and that will make people reflect on whether or not what they are disposing of belongs in the trash.
Of course, this project will be done with the permission of the city and a formal email will be sent to the city for approval. Also, the slogan on the stickers will be written in both French and English so that the message can be understood by everyone.
Without invading people’s privacy and going door to door to discuss the importance of waste sorting, the project will reach a great amount of people as the stickers will be in put in public spaces and their content will be in both French and in English.
The purpose is to make people reflect on alternate, cleaner means of disposing of waste other than garbage. As an immediate effect, we hope it will encourage people to hold on to their waste a little longer until they find a better way to dispose of it than to use the closest garbage can. In the long run, we hope our project will lead to an increased awareness towards sorting waste properly and, perhaps, to the implementation of composting in some households.
Our recycling project is realistic as incorrectly putting something that’s recyclable in the trash can is a common mistake that many people make. In fact, this is a true problem according to “Keep America Beautiful (2006) who estimate that Americans produce 251.3 million tons of waste per year and that in 2006, U.S. consumers recycled only 28% of their recyclable waste” (O'Connor, et al., 2010, para. 2).
According to the text ‘’Strategies for the municpal solid waste sector to assist canada in meeting its kyoto protocol commitments’’, “in 2000, 31.38 megatones of nonhazardous solid waste were generated in Canada … Of this total, 7.50 tones (24%) was diverted for recycling…” (Mohareb, Warith, and Narbaitz, 2004, para. 17). This is an issue as 24% is seemingly low if we want to reduce our ecological footprint. An argument in favor of that is that if you take the European Union as an example, you have to recycle from 55 to 80% of your waste. For example, “as a member of the European Union (EU), Malta is obliged to recycle from 55 per cent to 80 per cent of its total waste stream by the end of 2013 to avoid facing EU infringements.” (Bezzina & Dimech, 2011, para. 3).
Moreover, recycling doesn’t only mean producing less waste: it also allows preserving natural resources and energy. Indeed, in the case of steel bins for example, the steel industry conserves the equivalent energy to power about 18 million homes for an entire year by recycling steel bins every year, according to Greg Crawford (Crawford, 1998, para. 2) Furthermore, the amount of steel cans recycled in 2007 yielded enough steel to build 200 Eiffel Towers, so a lot of natural resources were preserved.
APA In-text Citations
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Crawford, G. (1998, 08). Saving the earth...one can at a time. Parks & Recreation, 33, 34-35. Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/198193267?accountid=4439
Mohareb, A. K., Warith, M., & Narbaitz, R. M. (2004). Strategies for the municpal solid waste sector to assist canada in meeting its kyoto protocol commitments. Environmental Reviews, 12(2), 71-95. Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/206767528?accountid=44391
O'Connor, R.,T., Lerman, D. C., Fritz, J. N., & Hodde, H. B. (2010). EFFECTS OF NUMBER AND LOCATION OF BINS ON PLASTIC RECYCLING AT A UNIVERSITY.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43(4), 711-5. Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/818744927?accountid=44391