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KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN
Our community is the place in which we spend most of our time. It is comprised of the places we live, attend school and church, eat, work and play. Keeping our community clean is everyone’s duty. We all use the resources in our communities, so part of being a good citizen is maintaining and improving these resources. If we care for ourselves, our health, our loved ones, animals and the planet, we must do our part to leave as small a destructive footprint as possible. We live on a planet with finite resources and so we must all do our part to make sure that we use these resources as efficiently as possible. Not doing so, leads to pollution of land, air and water, and causes harm to humans and animals.
When we generate waste we must dispose of in a sustainable way – that is, in a manner that does not lead to negative consequences now or in the future. Waste disposal methods depend on the type of waste. Biological waste, like used bandages, can spread diseases and must be discarded in special ways. Some waste is biodegradable like a banana peel, which will naturally decompose. Composting is one way we can speed up the process. Non-Biodegradable waste like Styrofoam is the most difficult to manage, because some never decompose and in the meantime do unimaginable damage to the natural environment. For this type of waste, it is important to reduce the amount we use.
Reducing our consumption means that there will be less waste generated and therefore less to process. Where at all possible, we must reuse waste. Reusing the demand for new products to be created and extends the lifetime of the products that have already been manufactured. There are some waste that can be turned into something new or recycled. Recycling can repurpose some materials for other uses, preventing the need for new raw materials or supplementing the amount of new materials needed.
Dumping our waste in landfills should be the disposal method of last resort. When we put our waste underground in landfills it does not go away. Decomposition in landfills can take hundreds of years. It can also affect the quality of our water and gases that are released as the waste decomposes, contribute to climate change. In addition, landfills take up space that could be otherwise used for hosing or natural habitat for animals and plants.
Keeping our community clean is a common good and everyone must play his/her part.