Cleanse Our Earth- Why We Need to Stop Littering and Toxic Waste!

By: Kaitlyn Kane

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Have you ever gone to the beach, driven the freeway, or just gone on a walk and see all of the trash? This is something I see everyday; it is so toxic to us, other animals, and our planet. When I was a kid I was so careless, if I dropped a piece of trash on the ground, “ehh someone else can pick it up.” Now that I am older and know that the piece of trash I dropped on the floor was floating around, probably ended up in the ocean. I work with kids and it breaks my heart that they are so careless like I was, so I try to educate them on throwing away their trash. I hope I can educate you in showing other people to do the same.

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Recycling

Where does it come from and what can we do?

  • The average person produces 4.4 pounds of trash per day, in a week makes 29 pounds, and in a year makes 1,600 pounds. [1]
  • Most of the garbage in the landfill is fast food containers, office paper, diapers, Styrofoam, and plastic bags. [1]
  •  Much of this problem can be avoided if people recycled. [1]

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Recycling things that are recyclable is the best way any one can help because it gets reused and doesn’t take up room in the landfills. The image above with the three arrows is what you look for on packaging or trash to see whether it is recyclable or not. The three arrows also show that it is reused. Depending on the area you live in and the rules; you have to know what you can and cannot recycle.

Landfills and Toxic Waste

What’s the effects of landfills and what is it doing to our environment?

  • Methane gets produced from rotting organic matter as well as cleaning chemicals which can cause toxic gases that gets in the air we breathe. [2]
  • The chemicals mixing in the landfill cause animals to die from chemical contamination. [2]
  • Electronics in landfills contain lead and when it rains it gets washed to our water supply and effects our water. [2]

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There is many things you can do to help out the situation. One being you can take electronics and recycle them at some stores like Best Buy for example. When you turn y0ur phone in to Best Buy you can get money from it. Verizon is another example that you can trade your old phone in for a new one. Simply, just recycle!

Garbage Patch

What does it consist of and why?

  • The pacific garbage patch will double in size within the next 10 years. [3]
  • Twice the size of Texas. [3] 
  • Scientist found that fishes had 9% plastic in them. [3]

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The garbage patch consists of all sorts of garbage ranging from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The garbage patch gets together by the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone. The currents of the gyre bring the garbage together. Animals mistaken the garbage as food and when they get to much of the garbage in there stomachs, they eventually die.

Lastly it is important that we keep our Earth clean; because we and the animals breathe the air and live on this Earth. Lets educate the people around us that don’t know what to do to help the problem out. There is a beach clean up day in our community and it is just good when you see a piece of trash to pick it up even if its not yours.

Here are my top 5 links:

  1. calrecycle
  2. toxicsactioncenter
  3. wisegeek
  4. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  5. lovetoknow

References:

[1] How Much Garbage does a Person Create in One Year. wiseGEEK, Retrieved from

http://www.wisegeek.org/how-much-garbage-does-a-person-create-in-one-year.htm

[2] Jared Skye, Environmental Problems: Landfills. lovetoknow, Retrieved from

http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Environmental_Problems%3A_Landfills

[3] January 15, 2012. “Facts.” Garbage Patch The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Other Pollution Issues, Retrieved from

http://garbagepatch.net/greatpacificoceangarbagepatchfacts/

 

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