Letters to the Editor
Did you know Americans throw out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted every year? And it’s not just compost that can be diverted. Even recyclable materials result in a trip to the landfill. Sometimes it’s just laziness, or sometimes there is no other choice. I personally believe compost and recycling bins belong on Park Street.
When a person walks down Park Street with his hands full with an empty ice cream cone, he or she might look for a
compost bin. That person comes to realize there is none available. So he or she might either casually toss the cone into the trash bin, or get rid of it with guilt.
We throw away enough wood and paper each year to heat 50 million homes for 20 years. My point there being that there are heaps of trash in America that could have been diverted. On Park Street, some people have no other choice than to add to this problem. The Evironmental Protection Agency estimates 75 percent of solid waste can be recycled.
Even just putting compost and recycling bins on Park Street, over time, will help greatly. I would be elated if this actually happened. But I am fully aware that many people disagree.
Editor, you might be partially agreeing with me, but it is possible part of you is shaking your head. A kid can dream, though. It might be too expensive, but putting money from other projects into this new one could help. Putting aside money each month, or fundraisers could help gather enough money. The company responsible, Alameda County Industries, might not want to pick up all of our waste. But maybe hire more workers? The idea might sound absurd, but it’s for the good of our Earth.
If all the trash on earth was sorted or disposed of correctly, less pollution would occur. But right now, I am thinking small, leading up to something big. At least the one main street in Alameda should have compost and recycling bins.
A kid finishes his soda. A parent finishes reading his newspaper. As they are walking on Park Street, they realize, “I don’t want to carry this all the way home,” so their only choice is to throw those recyclables into the trash. Myself and my fellow students at Edison see that these actions are bad for the environment. This is why we think there should be recycle cans on Park Street.
This situation has happened to me numerous times. You get the guilty feeling that you shouldn’t have done that, but you have no choice. Also, if hundreds of people do this every day, it adds up to so much waste in the landfull that could be recycled.
It may cost money, but so what? This is the only planet we can live on. There are no other planets, and if it means spending a little bit of green paper (money), I think it’s certainly worth it.
Just think about how polluted our Earth is. We could help out a very needy cause by just one small action.
Editor’s note: We here at the Sun would like to echo this concerted effort by this young generation to improve waste collection service in our public spaces. We do hope those holding the purse strings at the City of Alameda, the Park Street Business Association and elsewhere in town will take these letters to heart. More letters from Edison students will appear next week.
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