Implementing A Zero Waste Campus Policy

1482 Words May 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Landfills around the world are filling up with trash. In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to only 34.5 percent recycling rate ("Municipal Solid Waste"). The amount of trash created each day is exponential and is just going to keep increasing each year. It is up to universities and campuses around the globe to make a step in the right direction with a zero waste campus. Implementing a zero waste campus policy will enormously cut down our waste footprint on the environment.
It simply comes down to one thing, too much waste is being created and much of it is not being reduced, reused and recycled. Campuses around the country generate a lot of waste that can be stopped. In 1992, the 14.5 being million students enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States generated roughly 3.7 million tons of waste, or about 2 percent of the US solid waste stream ("Making Less Garbage on Campus: A Hands-On Guide"). That is enough waste to fill a couple landfills across the country. Students create more trash then most people think. Through the busy days of classes and work along with studying, recycling and reusing waste slips the minds of many students. But the reasons for stressing waste prevention at colleges and universities go far beyond targeting their contribution to the nation 's waste burden. Because of student’s educational mission, high community visibility, and…

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