Navpreet Kaur

Saving Environment by Recycling and Banning Plastic

Navpreet Kaur

5 April 2016

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Can we together contribute in saving the environment? Saving the environment is one of the most serious issues of the present era. In our daily life, due to our carelessness and also, by not showing mercy towards our planet, we are harming the environment. “If we can have an impact on people’s lives at home, we could have a huge impact on the environment”, said Ikea Canada President Stefan Sjostrand in article “Ikea eyes Canadian furniture Recycling”. Environment is important for us to survive on this planet, so we need to save it, instead of harming. In order to save the environment, we as a Columbia College students by recycling and making less use of plastic bags and coffee cups, can contribute to saving the environment.

The first aim is recycling, which is easy and useful way to make our environment clean and safe. In the article “Ikea eyes Canadian furniture Recycling” Stefan Sjostrand President of Ikea Canada said “Ikea already has recycling programs for plastics, paper, light bulbs and mattresses in place in Canada, and was also the first retailer in the country to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-saving LED bulbs”. This example might be useful, as it suggests us to recycle mattresses and also, old furniture. Also, this advices us to use LED bulbs, because they save energy instead of “ incandescent light bulbs”, which is helpful in saving the environment. Furthermore, the article “Implementation plan for curbside recycling” by Christina Waldner, explains that the implementation of curbside recycling is planning to limit the use of garbage bags per household, and they want to encourage people to recycle more, in the city Airdrie. They recommend us to use blue bins, blue bags, and blue carts, in order to limit or reduce the effect of non-recyclable items. Moreover, in her article “The business of zero waste” Amy Logan said, “the town of Kamikatsu, Japan may offer a template for Vancouver’s goal of decreasing waste. The town’s, 1,700 residents sort their trash into 34 different categories .The town has no incinerator and 80 percent of the garbage is recycled. They are aiming for 100 percent by 2020”. This example suggests us to sort, and recycle our day to day garbage, which might contribute to saving the environment. However, recycling is useful method to save the environment, but banning plastic bags, and coffee cups is the best way to help the environment.

Banning plastic bags, and coffee cups is a good and convenient method to save our planet. “Reducing their distribution at the point of sale, if possible, is preferable form a waste management and environmental protection and perspective”, said by staff in Michael Mui’s article “City Mulls coffee cup, plastic bag ban” (3). This example creates awareness about reducing the distribution and sale of plastic bags and coffee cups, which tells or suggests us to use the used bags or borrow our own bags and cups. By reducing their distribution and using them less, we would be able to get near to our target, which is saving the environment. Further, in her article, Michael Mui tells us that we can find plastic bags flying all over in the air, and they can also be seen floating in oceans, which pollutes our environment and have impact on marine creatures. By throwing plastic bags and coffee cups, we are not just polluting the environment and affecting marine creatures, we are also affecting wildlife and our own health. This example has a purpose, which suggests us to not to throw plastic bags and coffee cups as such in the space we find and also, tells us to reduce the use of plastic bags and coffee cups, in a sense to save our environment. Therefore, banning or reducing the use of  plastic bags, and coffee cups, can be useful in saving the environment.

As a result, by recycling, and reducing the use of plastic bags, and coffee cups, we, Columbia College students can contribute to save the environment. I predict that if we together join hands and keep trying to reach on our goal we will definitely meet our target one day. So, we all should make some considerations and try to help, and save our environment.




Works Cited

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Logan, Amy. “The business of zero waste”. Metro News  Free Daily News Group. 3 Mar. 2016.

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Mui, Michael, “City Mulls Coffee Cup, Plastic Bag Ban”. 24 Hrs 4 Feb. 2016:3 Print.

Waldner, Christina. “Council tables implementation plan for Curbside recycling”. Local News

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