Essay about Solid Waste Management

841 Words Aug 12th, 2010 4 Pages
Solid Waste Management
Shannon Johnson
Shannon Gumtau

The terrestrial resource I chose was solid waste. The EPA defines solid waste as “any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities. What this basically means is that anything that we produce and do not reuse is solid waste. If you really stop and think about how often we see this in our everyday lives it is amazing. From our stop at Starbucks in the morning to get our cup of coffee and
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The most problematic will be getting people to change their ways. Human beings are creatures of habits and unfortunately more often than not take the easier wrong over the harder right. To combat this I plan to make my presentation very moving. I will use pictures to show the impacts solid waste is having. People respond well to visual stimulation. I will also summarize the impacts using charts and graphs to give real definition to the problem. After this I hope to continue my sustainment plan by affecting the larger contributors to solid waste like mining. We rely on these resources to live. For example we still use coal to produce most of our electricity. We are making movements towards renewable resources like wind and solar power. I will do my best to help influence my politicians to adopt new ideas that support the reduction of solid waste. I will write letters to my congressman with petitions to support adoption of new technologies and renewable resources. Although this may take time if we don’t start pushing this now we will just be further behind the curve as time goes on.

Action Items (in the correct order) | Action Steps | Timeline | Research and identify the effects of solid wast. | Conduct research online about effects of solid wasteConduct research online about possible solutions for the reduction of solid wasteFind activist groups that support the reduction of solid waste | Month 1-3 | Create slideshow presentation and

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