Waste sorting: a serious issue

Written by Navdeep Singh Brar

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June 30, 2017

Is waste sorting important for Columbia College? Do the students at the Columbia College know about and participate in any activity to sort waste? Improper waste sorting can cause the worst harm to the environment, and this problem is found common in Columbia College. The success to this waste sorting is going to be uplifted by identifying the problems behind the lack of participation by the students and by providing knowledge about the different ways to sort waste.

Firstly, students are not involved in waste sorting activities at Columbia College. This is due to the reason that they do not have knowledge about how to sort waste.  We conducted a survey on how much knowledge the students have about waste sorting. In the recent survey sixty percent of respondents said that they are familiar with waste sorting, but 40 percent of students said that they can not differentiate between different types of waste. Moreover, it is also observed that some students put the paper towel into the recycle bin which is wrong bin for paper towel waste. However, we put another question related to whether they participate in waste sorting activities, and only ten percent answered yes. From the survey it is concluded that the college should organize some seminars to inform the students about waste sorting.

Secondly, according to the Vancouver.ca “Waste Wizard” we can sort waste with respective bins. Students can easily understand which bin is used for which types of waste through “Waste Wizard” and it is pertinent if we want to root out the waste sorting problem. Waste such as cooked or raw food, paper towels “soiled or clean” go in the green bin, because it can be used as fertilizers. Moreover, we are supposed to throw candy wrappers, pencils and erasers waste and plastic straws in the garbage bin. Apart from this recyclable products such as coffee cups without sleeve, Mc Donald’s cups or plastic drink cups and cups for cold and hot beverages must be thrown in the blue bin (“Waste Wizard”). Paper waste is also a big issue, and only clean papers, cardboards and paper sleeves from are accepted to be dropped in the paper bin.

In the final analysis, waste sorting is big issue occurred at Columbia College. The success of waste sorting can be ensured by understanding the difficulties behind it and by providing knowledge about how to sort waste.  According to Gurjeet Kaur Braich, “The best possible ways to inform students are by organizing seminars and by putting articles about waste sorting on the notice board of each section of the college.”