Zhongheng Huang (Matthew)


ZhongHeng Huang (Matthew) is a student who studies  English 099. Matthew interest to doing research. He is good at Math. In addition, he is the accountant of Entrepreneurship club

The Way of Reducing Waste

In contemporary society, the number of people who care about the environment is increasing significantly. In my opinion, our college should move on with the popularity to make some changes in its environment. We should have some steps to help college to reduce the waste. I think we can make four steps: the first is observation, the second is analysis, the third step is education and the last step is suggestion and solution.             When we want to reduce the waste and save the environment, I think we should find problems and where are problems come from. Observation is the best way to find out what the main kind of waste in Columbia College. Basic on my observation, I know students and staff always create two categories of waste: non-biodegradable and biodegradable. Non-biodegradable waste is usually ignored in our daily life. Bottles or cans are a kind of non-biodegradable wastes. The lager amount of empty bottles and cans are created by student and staff because they love buying drinks from the beverage dispenser. Energy waste is included in non-biodegradable. Students and staff always forget to turn off the light after class or forget to turn off the computers. However, college creates not only non-biodegradable wastes, but also creates biodegradable. Paper cup is the obvious biodegradable waste. Students and staff enjoy coffee, because for convenience, they use paper coffee cups. In addition, I have found the students and staff have no idea which garbage the coffee cup should be thrown. College student and staff should pay more attention on the wastes are create by them. In addition, I think food waste also be included on biodegradable wastes. I have observant a lot of foods are wasted. I have found that if students cannot finish their lunch, then the lunch will get thrown out.

From my observation, coffee cups and food waste has become two of significant wastes in Columbia College. Therefore, we need to analyze the information which we observation and the data from internet.  There is a test report of the recycling of coffee cups on Griffith-Green’s article, “of five cups placed in Tim Hortons recycling, there were found put out with regular garbage. The other could not be located. At Starbucks, two cups were found in bins labelled ’mix recycling’ and one was put out with regular garbage. One Starbuck location had removed the recycling bin from their stores.” From this report, we have already understood that we have problem to recycle coffee cups. In Case, there are 80% of coffee cups can not be located on the recycling. However, as for food waste, Ben Feller has done a research “A single student produces 45 to 90 pounds of garbage a year in disposable lunches.” And “A federal review of the National School Lunch Program found that wasted food costs more than $600 million, plus an untold nutritional loss.” Therefore, we know it is seriously that how many food student waste for one year.

As for the data we search on the internet and newspaper, Columbia College has responsibility to educate students to pay more attention about our environment because Students and staff on Columbia College always use coffee cups and waste food. As for coffee cups, in opinions, College should encourage and teach student and staff to reduce the use of coffee cups. First of all, we can indicate to students and staff that coffee cups have some recycle problem.  The college can show the test report on Griffith-Green’s article. And then, we have to tell the students and staff that coffee cups cannot be recycled. According to a salesman from Wasteco “Coffee cups will not be recycled.” (qtd in Griffith-Green). In addition, Griffith- Green have already justified that some experts said coffee cups not the recycled thing with paper and hard to recycle. It is similarity way to educate students and staff to reduce the food waste, basic on the survey on Yolanda Wikiel’s article: “People are not comfortable with empty white space on plates or in fridges or grocery carts. There is an urge to fill those spaces with food. And in our culture, throwing food out is acceptable. In fact, leaving something on your plate is considered posh.” I think college should encourage students and staff trying their best to finish their lunch and advocate it is good habit.

However, college should give some suggestion and solution to the student to reduce the using of coffee cups and food waste because according form Emily Alfred who is senior campaigner with Toronto Environment Alliance “people can change their habits easily if they understand what to do” (qtd in CBC News) College should suggests students and staff using their own mark cups to buy and coffee. Using own mark cups to buy coffee not only can have a discount, but also can reduce the using of coffee cup. That is a good way to save money and environment. About the food waste, I think college can encourage students share food with their friends. If foods have been eaten, then their values have been use. Therefore, sharing is the best way to reduce the food waste.

Observation can find the main kind of wastes in college; analyze what we observe can help use realize where is the resource of waste; education can make the students and staff to understand they need to pay more attention on the environment; suggestions and solutions can make the student take action to reduce the waste. We stay in the same space so students and staff have responsibility to protect about our environment.



Work Cited

Griffith-Greene, Megan. “Coffee Cups: 3 Month Later, Are They Being Recycled at

Tim Hortons and Starbucks?.” cbc.ca CBC News. Web. 29 Jan 2016.

“Coffee cups among Many Item You actually can’t recycle, city say.” cbc. ca. Metro

Morning, 21 June 2014. Web. 21 June 2016

Feller, Ben. “Schools Work to Reduce Cafeteria Trash. ” Wasstefreelunches.org. 12 May.

Web. 21 July 2016.

Wikiel, Yolanda. “How to Reduce Food Waste” realsimple.com. n.d. Web. 21 July 2016.