Varun Bakshi


5 August 2016

Waste Production Influencing Columbia College

Environment today is debilitated by people and they are delivering increasingly garbage. It is certain that the growth of junk is spreading diseases to us. By increasing population, the interest of dispensable things is additionally rising altogether. Garbage is an unwanted waste material and major threat to our environment. In Columbia College, students are continuously ruining the environment by generating the waste and throwing it on the floor. Would anyone be able to survive if rubbish is all over, such as drifting in the water and heaping up in the roads and rancher’s fields? The problem of generating high level of waste can be solve by participation of volunteers to educate other students about the types of waste which are coffee cups, food waste and notebook and print papers and give them awareness about the harmful effects of waste and how to reduce it.

Columbia College is facing the main problem of waste production by the students. Students generate three types of waste. Issues emerge when more than one sort of waste is processed in the meantime, so wastes regularly must be isolated and managed in an unexpected way. Firstly, coffee cups waste requires some sorting, which students do not understand and throw the cups in garbage or in recycle bins. Over 70 percent of students approximately continuously drink it in classes and food lounges. Secondly, the food waste is also a big problem. Student’s eats food and the spare food goes to compost bins or garbage bins. Thirdly, students produce the waste of notebooks and print papers. They use papers during assignments and throw it into garbage or recycle bins after use. Apparently; students are not using the bins properly. Perhaps, they are not aware about the different categories of garbage.

Coffee cups waste has been identified as the main issue by Columbia college. Perhaps, it can be reduce in two ways. First, volunteers have to organize an event to educate students about not to use more coffee cups. In the article “Coffee cups: 3 Months Later, Are They Being Recycled at Tim Horton’s and Starbucks?” Griffith-Greene reports that “Coffee cups will not be recycled” (Wasteco salesman). This suggests us that use of coffee cups is threatened to our environment which needs to be stop. Secondly, students have to start use their own steel mugs instead of disposable coffee cups. Griffith-Greene states that coffee cups collected by Starbucks and Tim Horton’s for recycling goes directly to landfills. This shows that the environment is being destroyed with more disposable coffee cups and we have to use re-usable mugs because it contains plastic lining. According to the article” Why Can’t Coffee Shops Recycle All Their Cups?” Mike Childs declares that “Part of the problem is the polyethylene coating inside the cups that sticks to the paper part of the cup. This makes it challenging but not impossible to recycle” (1). This is an absolute necessity that students have to make an effort to change their behavior by sort out the coffee cups properly in the garbage and recycle bins, so that it can goes for recycling. Some little acts can add up to a big difference.

Food waste is the second big problem in the Columbia College. It has turned into a major issue in the most recent years in the Canada that indicates that’s half of all delivered nourishment will never be expended. According to article “How to Solve the Food Waste Problem” Cinda Chavich states that “Canadians waste $31 billion in food each year” (4). The problem of food waste starts everyday with the breakfast, most of people do not eat their breakfast properly. Chavich exposes that the breakfast was the no.1 reason for nourishment waste since 50 percent of individuals don’t eat it (5). This displays that the half of population waste the food every morning which is a huge devastation. The food waste dumped in the garbage bins or compost bins ends up rotting in landfills which produce greenhouse gas after burning it. Chavich reveals that “a greenhouse gas 20 times more damaging than CO2” and “if food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world”(3). In Colleges, students buy food and then the most of the food ends up in the wrong bins and it happens when students are in a hurry or lazy. Currently, it is considered as a big issue, but it can be reduce by some actions because actions speak louder than words. According to Allison Lilly in the Article “Colleges Reducing Food Waste and Greening the Earth” Colleges cut sustenance waste by establishing tray less dinning and by purchasing more astute (1). Moreover students need to know about the different things that go to compost bins. Additionally, they can also use the technique to make the garden on the top of the roof, which will help to learn more about composting to other students and how can composting of food can use in the gardens.

Eventually, Paper waste is the last problem of the series of problems in Columbia College. Every one knows that a definitive wellspring of paper is the trees. There is an immediate relationship between the measure of paper utilized and the quantity of trees felled to get it. In spite of the fact that everybody speaks a considerable measure about “sparing trees” and “deforestation”, the greater part of us don’t think over consuming paper. According to the article “Changing Paper Consumption”, “Americans now use about 31.5 millions tons of printing and writing paper each year, meaning 660 pounds per person, which requires 535 million trees (most from virgin tree fiber) and 12 billion gallons of oil for its manufacturing”. Paper is utilized all around – in schools, universities, homes and workplaces – and frequently, the wastage is a great deal more than the use. The purpose behind this is essentially an inconsiderate and hard state of mind: we utilize the entire sheet of paper just to note down some few words; we utilize a fresh new sheet to print a little passage. Possibly, this problem can be solve by integrate this problem in classrooms and encourage students about importance of papers and trees. According to article” Inadequate Paper Recycling Programs in Canada” Joyce Nelson states that as indicated by the green press activity website, “Each pound of post-purchaser reused fiber” utilized as a part of paper creation “keeps the arrival of 2100 lbs. of nursery gas emissions” in general life cycle GHG emissions a massive decrease(1). Students need to use the recycled lined notebooks and papers. Moreover, college also have to give “green schools guides” which will helps students to buy recyclable notebooks and paper because it can reduce the wastage of paper by less emission of GHG gases(Nelson,1).

Waste pollution is a huge problem now. Our surroundings are getting affected by generating harmful waste. A proceeding with ascend in the rate of waste generation is no more satisfactory, so it can be stop by majority of students by educating the polluters and make them aware of environment issues occurring due to wasteful habits of students. We need to encourage those around us and ought to dependably remember that to keep our college pleasant and clean and for good environment students have to work toward a cleaner and safe college.



Work cited

Chavich, Cinda. “How to Solve the Food Waste System.” 5 May 2015. Web. 26 July 2016.

Childs, Mike. “Why Can’t Coffee Shops Recycle All Their Cups?” Friends of the Earth: 1-4. 29 Mar. 2016. Web. 19 July 2016.

“Green Schools Initiative: Changing Paper Consumption.” n.p, 2 Aug., 2016. Web.

Griffith-Greene, Megan. “Coffee Cups: 3 Months Later, Are They Being Recycled at Tim Hortons and Starbucks?” CBC News. 29 Jan. 2016. Web.

Lilly, Allison. “Colleges Reducing Food Waste and Greening the Earth.” University Business: 1-4. Sept. 2010. Web. 26 July 2016.

Nelson, Joyce. “Inadequate Paper Recycling Programs in Canada.” Watershed Sentinel: 1-4. 04 July 2012. Web. 26 July 2016.