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Thread: Reducing Municipal Solid Waste [Specifically in Schools]

  1. #1 Reducing Municipal Solid Waste [Specifically in Schools] 
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    Hello forum and fellow enthusiasts,

    Today I bring you a very broad, debatable, open-ended, hopefully interesting question, if it can be referred to as such. How do you go about reducing your municipal solid waste in your community? What is it that you so that promotes 'greenness,' to coin a term? What do you think would be the most efficient way for your school or small community to reduce its waste or global impact, putting the least amount of public labour to use and receiving the largest amount of change for the better? For instance, do you believe more in recycling or reusing? Composting or source reduction?

    Feel free to argue your point strongly, yet please follow the forum rules.

    I eagerly await your responses,


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    Charging people to dispose of waste, while allowing them to turn in recycable materials is one of the more effective ways to encourage conservation, minimize solid waste and encourage recycling.

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    I'm unsure why solid waste (i.e. garbage landfill) and even much visible litter is a problem. It's ugly to the human eye and conscience, sure, but does nature care?

    Much of my city is built upon a river floodplain, which is now subsiding because we've diked the river. Silt and debris no longer piles up on this land; it washes out to sea. However in one section of the plain we're adding material; we call this the city dump.

    I recently participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The bulk of our collection was glass - weathered, rounded bits of glass intermingled with the beach sand and cobbles. We also scraped living barnacles off a hubcap, pried a starfish from a wine bottle, tore away the seaweeds fastened to an old running shoe. We had to separate the nasty human pollution from nature.

    It occurred to me that most of our garbage, if simply dispersed on land and sea (maybe shredded) would harm nature far less than human sensibilities. A very small fraction is actually toxic or harmful in the natural environment. This smaller volume could be isolated from the main flow of municipal waste. I think that if people understand what goes into regular trash, we'll later see mingled with the forest litter or washing up with driftwood, which items are actually harmful will become common knowledge.
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