The world is in a crisis. Pollution is everywhere and it is not getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse. Research at the University of Columbia says that every man, woman, and child in America produces about 7.1 pounds of trash per day. That is twice as much as we produced in 1960. Most people don’t recycle, but it is catching on. Some states are even adopting a plastic bag ban, meaning that when you go to the grocery store or Walmart you have to bring your own reusable bag or they offer paper bags for ten cents a piece. Naturally, people started bringing their own bags so they don’t have to pay. This drastically reduces the amount of plastic bags in landfills which is good because plastic will do what it does best and live for the next thousand years or so until it finally breaks down naturally. I think every state should adopt this, even every country! Plastic is so bad for the environment, why not just stop using it?
I interviewed Holly W., a student at Ball State University who is studying Zoology and Wildlife Biology, to see what her take on all this recycling hullabaloo was.
Do you recycle? Why or why not?
I recycle on campus and at work because the service is readily available.
Off the top of your head, list at least five things in your household that can be recycled.
Did you know that the City of Muncie offers curbside recycling? If you put your recyclables in a blue trash bag, you can dispose of it the same way you do your trash. If you don’t already recycle, would this be something that you would participate in?
Knowing that would make me want to recycle at home.
Do you think recycling is important for the environment? Explain.
I think that there is a finite amount of resources ie. land, animals and materials, on this planet and that we should do our best to reuse what we already have, so yes I think it is important.
Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? If so, explain what you know.
If I am thinking of the same place its an area where trash from land fills and dumps has gathered and is causing chaos for the species that inhabit that area of the pacific.
What is your overall opinion about the pollution issue the planet is dealing with today and how recycling can help?
The world is facing a large pollution problem whether it be air, land, or water pollution. There is a delicate balance to earth and it is our only home so we need to do our part to prevent any further pollution and try to even lessen the damage we caused.
This interview shows that even those that care about the environment and the animals within it (she is a Wildlife Bio major after all!) still don’t take the time to recycle at home. Even though she knows how big of a problem pollution is, she still participates in it. Also, when she lists the things in her house that can be recycled she mentions plastic and paper products. No one ever thinks about recycling things like batteries, flat-irons for your hair, or that old DVD player that is sitting in your closet because the disc holder won’t open. Holly is not a bad person. She loves animals and she loves the outdoors. The problem most Americans face is one plain and simple fact; we are lazy. We are so lazy that we can’t even recycle when it is a easy as buying a separate trash can, some blue bags (which are free are participating locations in Muncie!) and then take it out with our trash when its full. We don’t even have to sort it, it all just goes in one bag and a facility will sort it later. Americans are also so very wrapped up in our own lives that we don’t realize that other places in the world are suffering because of pollution. We don’t think about it because it doesn’t affect our day-to-day lives.
So be different and stop to think about where that Starbucks cup is going the next time you want to throw it away. REDUCE REUSE AND RECYCLE!