Keeping our planet clean and ensuring you leave a small ecological footprint is extremely important as it ensures our future generations have a safe, healthy and natural environment to live in. One of the most important ways you can help the ecosystem and lessen your ecological footprint is making sure you recycle. It may not seem like much, but One pound of newspaper can be recycled to make 6 cereal boxes, 6 egg cartons or 2,000 sheets of writing paper.
When put into perspective, the little things while recycling can make a great difference.According to natural resources Canada, In a lifetime, the average North American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. A 68 kg adult will leave a legacy of 40,825 kg of trash. That’s a lot of trash for one person, now imagine what Ontario is producing, let alone the entire world.
Many college or university students may find themselves living with up to 6 or 7 other people in a house, this can lead to high output of garbage items, which can demotivate some students to recycle, especially if they have exams or studies on their mind.
With London being a mainly students dominated city, it can lead to a lot of build up in the streets or around schools. Ben Kalbfleisch, a student at Fanshawe lives in a duplex with 3 other students, and he believes recycling is great not only for the environment, but for stress relief too.
Next time you hear the garbage truck roll by your house, make sure they have a reason to do so, and make sure you know when your garbage days are, at it can save you time and money, as there was just recently a 3 container limit for garbage and recycling instated in London.
If you wish to get rid of more than 3 containers, you can purchase extra tags for 1.50 each, but for a college budget that can really add up. Reducing, reusing and recycling can lead to a much cleaner, stress free environment not only just for students, but for a community and world too.