Jasleen Kaur Dhillon


Jasleen Kaur Dhillon is a student of English 099 (12) and the Instructor is Julie Karey. Besides this she studies sociology and looks forward volunteering at Columbia College to reduce waste.

Waste Management at Columbia College

Photo taken by Sukhpreet Kaur Brar
Waste Management is an issue which has been overlooked from years by many of the people. Waste is not squander if treated legitimately, people are tossing trash in wrong canisters and it needs a consideration. In the event that the waste gets treated appropriately the finished items as waste are minimized.  There is large amount of waste produced by Columbia College in order to reduce that waste, finding the causes and effects of that waste produced, followed by generating awareness amongst students by some strategies to make them see how much the situation is getting worse and the ways by which the situations can be controlled are the ways in which the situation can be tackled.

There are various causes of waste being produced in our Columbia College campus such as improper use of food, improper dumping of waste and careless attitude. It has been observed by me that students buy food more than they could eat. As a result, the food left goes to the garbage. The problem even doesn’t stops there, students dump there left over food in wrong garbage bins, however, that dump should be thrown in organic bins. Some students also throw other types of waste in wrong garbage bins. The careless attitude of the students is also accountable for the littering of paper wastes and other plastic wastes around the college campus along the sidewalks. According to the article from bright hub “Controlling and Managing Solid Waste” states “The main sources for solid wastes are domestic, commercial, industrial, municipal, and agricultural wastes…  affluence, and technological advancement.  Depicts that there is so much of solid waste which is divided into percentage contains 5 different categories in which the paper, wood, cardboard waste which contains more than half of the total percentage as compare to the garbage or other materials which connects to the waste produced by Columbia College students like paper coffee cups, pencils shreds, news paper, used or blank papers.

There are miscellaneous effects of unmanaged waste that has an adverse impact on health, Environment and reputation of the college amongst the other people. The waste really impacts the health of the people by causing various diseases, as Ramachandra says in one of his articles “if solid wastes are not collected and allowed to accumulate, they may create unsanitary conditions. Many diseases like cholera ,diarrhoea , dysentery, plague, jaundice, or gastro intestinal diseases may spread and cause loss of human lives” (page1) . Then the waste materials are left out untreated, they cause environment degradation. “If the solid wastes are not treated properly, decomposition and putrefaction may take place, causing land and water pollution when the waste products percolate down into the underground water resources” (Ramachandran, page 2). The worst impact goes on the reputation of the college amongst the other people when they would see waste littered over around the campus and improper management of waste.

Waste littering around Columbia College

Moreover students can be made aware about the conditions of waste littering in Columbia college campus, so that they reduce the waste which is litter and thrown in wrong bins.  The article by Megan Griffth – Greene “Coffee cups: 3 months later are they being recycled at Tim Horton’s and Starbuck’s” demonstrates “after a CBC marketplace investigation last fall revealed that cups collected by some Starbuck’s and Tim Horton’s stores for recycling are being sent to landfill, questions remain about what the coffee chains are actually doing with all those used containers.”  Research shows that coffee cups accumulated by stores are been sent to landfill rather than recycling them again by sorting them correctly. Students of our college are not throwing the coffee cups in right bins and even littering them all around the campus.  According to the blog “ More on recycling coffee cups and cartons” states “ coffee cups are considered as polycoat containers because they are constructed from layers of different material, including paperboard , plastic and for aseptic containers , aluminum … they are best collected with plastic and metal containers.” Research tells that coffee cups can be recycled by putting them in cans and bottles bins rather then putting them in waste bin because they contain materials like plastic, paperboard and aluminum which can be recyclable.

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Coffee cups in wrong bin

Overall procedures to minimize waste can include different things for example tossing waste in appropriate trash receptacles, recycling waste, better approaches for new ways to recycle. There are number of strategies which can be introduced from which one of it is dividing garbage bins to different sections like of  bins should be divided into many materials as possible like recycling , reuse, organic material, and the material which can be donated . The article by HAMPTON “Garbage, Compost, and Recycling” Explains “Green cart composting” Research contains 3 points which depicts that waste can be compost by knowing first which all things are acceptable to compost like bones, breads noodles and many more, second which are unacceptable compost like baby diapers, ashes, butts and wax many others   moving on third yard waste, like twigs and braches.  According to the blog “ More on recycling coffee cups and cartons” states “ after recycling is collected from the curb , multi-family building or a deport … new packaging or products.” Research tells us that waste should be sorted out properly so that they can be recycled to a new product and won’t dump in waste.  Implementing strategies and working together of student, staff, faculties and others to reduce waste at Columbia College. The things which are already done by Columbia College to reduce waste have to introduce some of the new ideas. Create a united effect which draws the best practice on every sphere.

To sum up is there any way out to control waste? Yes, it can be done by pursuing students to get through the root of the causes of waste being produced, how it can effect the campus and people in there and generating awareness and finding strategies to tackle the situation before it gets worse. Waste is not waste if treated properly students are throwing garbage in wrong bins and it needs an attention if the waste gets treated properly the end product will be as minimized waste.

Works Cited

Ramachandra. “Controlling And Managing Solid Waste.” bright hub. 22 September 2010.  Web. 29 July 2016.

“Garbage, Compost, and Recycling.” HAMPTON. n.d. Web. 29 July 2016.

Griffith-Greene,  Megan. “Coffee cups: 3 months later, are they being recycled at Tim Hortons and Starbucks?.” CBCNEWS.  29 January 2016. Web. 29 July 2016.

“MORE ON RECYCLING COFFEE CUPS AND CARTONS” Multi Material BC. 20 August 2015. Web. 29 July 2016.