Yadwinder Singh


29 July, 2016

Reducing Waste at Columbia College

The increasing amount of waste being produced around the world is a serious problem due to increasing of population. Columbia College worries about this and introduce some ways to reduce the wastes. Inclination of single uses or disposable items like coffee cups, bottles and cans in Columbia College campus. Use E-books to reduce paper wasting and concern on the use of bins with the help of poster making and drawings. The generating of waste can be solving by participation of volunteers in college club to inform the students about the harmful affects of waste and how to reduce it.

Use and throw, disposable things increase waste in Columbia College and environment which fills bin up to ending. Its students responsibility to start significant reduction in the inputs of paper cup consumption requires solution that fits in the current life style and not harmful for the environment. According to Rachel Telling, 50 million trees and 33 billion gallons of water are used to produce North America’s disposable coffee cups each year. So by the single use of disposable cups it becomes a huge problem (“Confused about coffee cups”). Paper cups are uncommon for recycling and composting due to coated with plastic resin. So think twice while purchasing it. Students should bring reusable coffee/ drink cups and thermoses in the place of disposable cups.

photo taken by Jasleen Kaur Dhillon


Columbia College must be educating their students that coffee cups are also harmful for environment. Most cups end up in landfill and some end up blowing around streets. Estimates are putting that around 2.5 billion coffee cups are disposable every year. According to Alfred, most of the environmental pollution is caused by manufacturing, so reducing is the best way in place of recycling. Sophia Harris, (Canadians pilling up more garbage than ever before as disposable rule). It took several years to compost the coffee cups in landfilling process. So reduce the wastes.


The most effective way to reduce paper wastes at Columbia College is to use E-books. It is the solution prevents trees from cut. Make assignments and notes on laptop, computer and tablets.  We use again and again e-books but not the papers. Books have hundreds of paper. Students have to buy new books in every new semester that is wastes of paper. According to one study, cutting trees, paper production and shipping emits about 0.11 kilograms of CO2 (Sad Demise of the paper Coffee Cup). Students use newspaper to wrap their food which cause health problems because paper ink contains dangerous chemicals in it. From a survey in Columbia College a new records is coming in front that students use more and more towel papers in washrooms. College management should install hand dryer machines in washrooms to reduce paper wasting.

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Photo taken by Sukhpreet Kaur Brar


Columbia College management and seniors students must inspire junior students to join voluntarily college club ‘Green Club’ which inform the students by different methods like poster making and exhibitions and how to reduce waste in college? Students throw their waste food on floor, in the corners of rooms and halls. They don’t use garbage cans in proper manner. College club should educate students about the different colors of bins which indicate the type of wastes that they are recyclable, non-recyclable and biodegradable. Recycling bins are designed to be easily recognizable by students and college and are marked with slogans promoting recycling on a blue or green background along with the universal recycling symbol. Both college and students make possible to decrease garbage in college.


It conclude that reduce is the best instead of recycling coffee cups. Replace paper books and notebooks by E-books. And proper usage of trash bins by the help of slogans on paintings. So put your step forward, to decrease the garbage in college and make clean our environment.                                                                                                                             .
















Work Cited

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Childs, Mike. “Why can’t coffee shops recycle all their cups”? Friends of the earth. 29 March, 2016. Web. 28 July, 2016.


Harris, Sophia. “Canadians pilling up more garbage than ever before as disposable rule”. CBC news. 30 September, 2015. Web. 29 July, 2016


Griffith-Greene, Megan. “Tim Hortans, Starbucks recycling claims may be garbage”. CBC news 30 October2015. Web. 28 July,2016


Raghavan, Raj and Notaras Mark. “Sad Demise of the Paper Coffee Cup”. Our World 03March, 2009. Web. 29 July, 2016.


Telling, Rachel. “Confused about coffee cups” .Simon Fraser University.9 January 2014. Web. 29 July 2016.