Jasleen Kaur

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Vancouver, B.C.- 10/10/00- High traffic areas close to coffee outlets seem to grow a special kind of cup garbage which grows out of the full trash cans. This is at the bus stop below the Broadway SkyTrain station at Commercial and Broadway. Ian Smith/Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Jasleen Kaur is an English 099 student studying with instructor Julie Karey. She is also studying economics and looking forward to develop her own business and learn about different aspects of it.

5 August 2016

                         Removal of Waste

Protecting the environment is one of today’s most serious issues. We can see the present picture and examples from daily life like how the environment is getting affected from the waste of coffee cups generated by the students of Columbia College. Coffee Cups are not been recycled and this is creating a lot of mess because the students do not know what to do. This problem can only be solved by motivating people, spreading awareness amongst them and guiding them about the causes and solutions to save the environment.

Firstly, the coffee cups are not getting recycled because there is an extra cost involved but there is a need to recycle them if we want to remove waste. Students who visit the shops regularly should be conscious about the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ‘Even 500 years from now, the coffee cups you use every morning will be sitting in a landfill.’ This statistic is disturbing when you consider that 25 billion cups are thrown away every year, reports the EPA. The cups can be recycled by ‘going reusable.’ Instead of throwing them away, we can reuse the cups by making something useful out of it. For example, we can use coffee cups as flower pots in our houses or a pen/pencil stand. We should even say ‘NO’ to the disposable cups. Students should make use of coffee mugs instead of cups. This can actually end up saving money. Every time you visit the coffee shop, you should carry your own mug. If these methods are followed then no cups will be found in bins and thus helps in reducing waste.


Another way that can help in removing waste is by motivating people and spreading awareness amongst them to save the nature. It is observed that the Coffee Cups are found everywhere in large amount and they are the main cause of untidy environment so we can tell the students about the reasons of why so much waste is observed and the benefits of clean surroundings. Certain incentives can be given to the students like gifts and discounts on the books or stationary stuff. This will motivate the students to save the surroundings. We can awake the students by conducting Programs/Seminars in the college that will guide them about different types of bins and how to utilize them in proper way. In these programs different plays can be done by students itself by making groups which includes live actions and certain presentations that can be shown to the other students, as giving knowledge in a practical way is better that the lectures. We can call upon different people on stage so that they can share their views and suggestions so that a meaningful conclusion can be made to save the environment. A Certain fine can also be kept if students leave or throw garbage anywhere. In this way students will have fear of paying extra money. Solving the garbage problems are not a big issue just some hard work is needed.

Writing an article can also help in removing waste. This is the fastest way that can alert the students about the unhealthy environment. We can post different articles on the internet and gather different opinions of students by doing surveys so that we have a lot of ideas on saving surroundings and then these can be published in the newspapers or online site of Columbia College. These articles can also be printed and then distributed to the students. This will spread our message quickly.


So it can be concluded that no work is difficult when everyone makes an effort. People should remember the facts and put their hands together if they want to live in a healthy nature. If we do not stop creating waste then one day we will destroy our environment and there’s no fun living in a dirty environment. We are the one who are the culprits and we are the only one who can conserve the nature. Columbia College should support the ideas and actions should be taken immediately. Everyone should join hands together and make efforts to keep college clean. It costs nothing just time and willingness to do a task is required.



Works Cited

Charlebois, Sylvain. Chronicle – Herald [Halifax, N.S] 21 June 2016: “The compostable future for those not-so-OK-cups – Canadian Major Dailies.: A9. Columbia College Library. Web. 21 July 2016.

Powell, Betsy. Toronto Star [Toronto, Ont] 20 June 2016: “Don’t recycle your Timmies cup: City forced to act as 45,000 tonnes of regular garbage clog blue bins” Canadian Major

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Webster, Ben. Times, The (United Kingdom). 21 March 2016. “Burn used coffee cups for energy, urges green boss” Columbia College. P17-17.1. Columbia College Library. Web. 18 July 2016.

Wang, Ucilia. “Sprint to Switch to Wheat Straw paper in Two-month Sustainability Trial.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 4 June 2015. Web. 26 July 2016.

“Coffee Cups Among Many Items You Actually Can’t Recycle, City says.” CBC news. CBC Canada, 21 June 2016. Web. 26 July 2016.

Young, Marcia. CBC Radio. 30 October 2015. “CBC investigation into coffee cups recycling” Columbia College. Web. 21 July 2016