Sukhpreet Kaur Brar

05 August, 2016

Types of Waste and Steps to Reduce Coffee Cups Waste in Columbia College

There are many types of waste in Columbia College which is produced by students. The main types of waste are recyclable waste, non-recyclable waste, paper waste and organic waste. It is unclear in which type of waste coffee cups are included because according to a salesman from Wasteco “coffee cups will not be recycled”(qtd in Griffith Green), so there is doubt, Are coffee cups recycled or not? This essay explains the type of waste and tries to know why coffee cups are not composted? And also offer some solutions as well as consequences if we do not put step forward for cleanness in Columbia College.

There are four types of waste in Columbia College: recyclable waste, non-recyclable waste, paper waste and organic waste. Recyclable waste includes aluminum cans, plastic bottles and coffee cup lids. If these things are recyclable then it is not a big issue for the college because it creates less pollution to recycle so this type of waste is less harmful for environment. Moreover, non-recyclable trash includes plastic bags, wrappers, straws and medical waste such as used injections, bandages and gloves. These things are harmful for the environment as well as human health because most of them are made from non-biodegrable chemicals. Paper waste includes toilet paper, tissue paper and so on. Furthermore, Paper waste is compostable but college should use dryers in rest rooms to dry the wet hands instead of tissue papers to save the trees because papers are made from trees. In addition, organic waste is composted in fields to increase fertility of product.IMG_1386[1]

It is important to find why coffee cups are not composted or recycled? Almost all coffee cups have thin plastic layer which save drink to fall apart and because of plastic layer coffee cups are not composted (“The Truth about Composting Paper Cups”). According to Emily Alfred, same is the case for recycling of coffee cups at many places and coffee cup’s lids are recyclable but not recycled because it is not removed from coffee cups and thrown in same bin (“Coffee Cups and Recycling”).

Further moving on, there are few steps which may helpful to reduce the waste of coffee cups from Columbia College and some steps like provide washable cups to students and proper use of different bins which are provided. Firstly, If Columbia College offer coffee machines and washable cups to students and staff members, then it will be beneficial for students who go outside to purchase coffee and if it is possible, then they can use washable cups which means use of coffee cups will be decrease. Furthermore, as college provide different bins for different type of waste like different for papers, different for organic waste and so on. But, most of the students throw waste randomly such as bottles in organic and so on. So, Columbia College should have punishment for that kind of students who throw different waste in different bins. According to Alfred, “Retailers can offer drinks in refillable mugs in-store” (Coffee Cups and Recycling) for everyone. According to Farrah Khan that “if coffee cups you use for five minutes, which takes over a lifetime to decompose” (Coffee cups, garbage bins and recycling)

If students do not convince to clean the college then it’s important to show them consequences of waste in future. According to Rachel Cernansky “if we don’t put proper policies in place now, there’s going to be a lot of plastic in our soil later” (Is your cup Compostable- or Biodegrable? And why does it matter again?) And this is also applied on our college. According to Michael “plastic bags flying all over through the air” which is the reason of some diseases because they are made of chemicals (‘City Mulls Coffee cup, Plastic Bag Ban”)

Overall, it is concluded that reduction of different type of trash is possible if student and faculty members take the responsibility to make Columbia College clean. Reduction of coffee cup waste is also possible if college takes some harder steps regarding this and applies some penalty on students who do not follow the proper instructions of the higher authority. College should also take look on solutions that are offer by students and staff to maintain the cleanness of college.



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