Petition Tag - recycle

1. No Mouth Goes Unfed Law

This proposed law, is to help eliminate waste, while helping feed local homeless citizens in the area, and encouraging them to help pitch in to the shelters’ resources. “Every year, the United States throws away one-third of all the produces. 133 billion pounds of food. And grocery stores are responsible for tossing 10% of that food” (Harrison Jacob, 15 Oct 2014). That’s 11.1 billion pounds every month, or 37 million a day, which comes out to 740,000 pounds per day by each state. So what the solution? My proposition would be a no waste law; starting at grocery stores and eventually moving its way to the citizens. I propose that all grocery stores, donate all ‘consumable waste’ nightly to local homeless shelters. After the food is taken to homeless shelters it would then be sorted out, and if the food is truly bad, have the homeless shelter use that food to make compost to either use in a shelters garden or sell back to the public to help the shelter make a little extra money.
The underlining question here is, how does one logistically plan this out where the expense is worth the effort? Because right away I can tell you, no business wants to make an extra expense to ‘take out the trash’, especially when the dumpster is right outside. Well in order to make something better, it has to start somewhere. One organization had already paved the way for this motion and I think we can expand on it. Below is an excerpt from the Starbuck community page on their mission and the scale value it went to helping the cause.
“In the spirit of Our Mission and Values, partners across the country advocated for a solution to donate unsold food to the communities we serve. Through a new and unique strategic partnership with Feeding America, we will rescue 100% of food available to donate from all of our U.S. stores, positioning Starbucks as the sector leader in food rescue” (, Foodshare).
How has this act of kindness made things better? 50 million meal will be provided annually, and 60 million pounds of food will be diverted from the landfills (, Foodshare). If one organization can make an impact this big, image if it became mandatory, and the larger list of achievements on a wider scale.
So how much is the cost? Doing the math I found a truck company’s average pricing, is by the mile; which came out to $2.17. I then calculated the average amount of miles between each shopping center and the nearest shelter (6 grocery stores all with-in 3.5 miles of each other and the nearest shelter) which comes out to $7.59 a day which is $227.85 monthly. Then add drivers charge and hourly (or salary for this case) which is an additional $4,699.50 for the driver; plus the $227.85= $4927.35, divided by the 6 shelters is an average expense of $821.30 a store. So the delivery cost of this kind act truly is inexpensive, and just like Starbucks to save money the truck would stop at all the grocery stores on the way, instead of having a truck per store. How is an ‘extra expense’ really that bad when you can help out the local struggling population? According to, in 2015 alone 43.1 million people were in poverty in the United States, 24.4 million of those people were ages 18-64, 14.5 million of those people were children under the age of 18, and 4.2 million were seniors 65 and older. We have to come together and help the community. They say we are only as strong as the weakest link. The limits of this world is in our own hands, the more we resist to help each other, the more we are resisting for a better world to live in.

2. Recycling Bins for Navarro College in Corsicana

There is a huge issue occurring on the Navarro College campus in Corsicana. The campus currently has no recycling options! It's absolutely devastating to see paper, plastic bottles and other recyclable materials being disposed of incorrectly because of the campus's lack of recycling bins.

We go to college to gain an education that we can in turn use to leave a mark on the world and change the growing world around us , but by implementing recycling bins around the Navarro College, we can be that change now!

We the students of Navarro College are the future and we want to be given the opportunity to not only make a difference in our communities, but also want to be able to leave an impact on our future, and set an example for the future generations.

Help our campus become green again, by helping Navarro College get recycling bins!

3. Ban the use of styrofoam cups

Every year, Inscape Education Group adds huge amounts of waste into the environment by contributing to the amount of styrofoam in the environment. The styrofoam cups at Inscape are building up waste and using more resources than necessary.

Although recycled, the build up cannot be sustained in the long run and an affirmative point of action to reduce should be taken.

By reducing this waste at Inscape we can be a part of shaping a better environment for our future.

4. NO to the black wheelie bins

We want a return to the original refuse collection as the black wheelie bins are far too small, or for the black wheelie bins to be collected weekly.

The idea of wheelie bins this small was a very ill thought out idea that lacks a great deal of common sense.

5. Make Greenville Green Again: Recycle Glass

As Greenville, SC claims to be a "progressive city," backtracking byway of no longer recycling glass hurts both its reputation and its residents.

Between 12-20% of all recycled material in Greenville is glass. That is a grotesque amount of additional waste now going to our already overflowing landfills, further polluting the air we breathe.

Below are a few statistics to back the necessity of recycling glass:
- Recycled glass saves 50% energy versus glass from new, raw material
- Recycling one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours
- Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution
- One ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves 250 pounds of mining waste.

The benefits of recycling glass easily outweigh the cost, especially when the long term effects are taken into consideration. We must take responsibility and begin establishing a proactive culture.

This issue is our issue, and must be strongly addressed. It's up to us to express to Greenville County and Pratt Industries our concerns. This is our home. As Greenville residents, it's our job and privilege to ban together in order to spark the conversations that will initiate change. There is a solution. And embracing open dialogue is how we will uncover it.

"Let's Make Greenville Green Again."

6. Ealing Says 'No' to Wheelie Bins

Paper Petition
A paper petition is being run in parallel to this online version. As at Friday 24 July 2015, there are an additional 117 signatures on the paper petition to add to the online total.

The Council's Proposal
On Tuesday 16 June Ealing Council’s Cabinet took the decision to vary the contract with their waste and recycling management contractors Amey (Amey acquired the original contractors Enterprise in April 2013). The Council has agreed to two wheelie bins per household, one for commingled recyclables (ie plastics, paper, card, metal, and glass), and the other for ‘residual waste’, and a fortnightly collection. The commingled recyclables would be taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where people would sort them. Food waste would still be collected weekly. A third wheelie bin would be provided to those households that make an additional payment for garden waste disposal.

It is suspected that much of the drive for change comes from the contractors whose financial interests are best served by securing a variation in their contract through the changes proposed, rather than being forced to take part in a fully competitive procurement process.

Expert guidance suggests that a commingled fortnightly wheelie bin collection rather than the kerb-side sort which we have now would neither increase recycling nor be more cost efficient than the current system, if it were run properly.

Enterprise/Amey failed to buy the right fleet at the start of their contract.
A recent report by 4R Environmental Ltd reviewed Local Government procurement contracts for waste collection systems across the UK (April 2008-February 2012). This research found that of the 65 procurement contracts determined during the period, 29 allowed competition between the systems to compare which was most cost efficient and likely to improve recycling; 20 contracts excluded Kerb Sort as an option; and 13 contracts excluded Single Stream commingling of mixed recyclables as an option. In five contracts it was unclear what was allowed and what was not so these were left out of the conclusions.

In the 29 procurements where competition was allowed, Kerbside Sorting was chosen in 62% of cases, Dual Stream separation of paper/cardboard, or alternatively separation of glass, from other recyclables in 31% of cases; and Single Stream commingling in only 10% of cases. In the 20 contracts where Kerbside Sorting was excluded, Single Stream wheelie bin commingling won in 80% of contracts over Dual Stream management. In the 13 cases where one wheelie bin commingling of recyclables was excluded, kerbside sorting won in 85% of cases over two stream separation of paper/cardboard from other recyclables.

In conclusion, Kerbside Sorting (which we have now) easily comes out best in terms of improving recycling with the most cost efficiency. Which is better for both the tax payer and for the environment.

This evidence does not support the claims of the most ardent Single Stream Commingled advocates about its unrivalled competitiveness. Nor does previous research by WRAP or research commissioned on behalf of the Welsh Government.

It is proposed that a Borough-wide survey would be conducted to ascertain the suitability of all properties for wheelie bins and for those properties that are deemed unsuitable, a black bag and green box service would still be allowed – however, the collection would still be fortnightly resulting in concerns about where to store two weeks’ worth of recyclables in green boxes/white sacks and residual waste in black bags.

Special provisions would be made for those people who are unable to move the full wheelie bins.

The aims
The aim of the plan should be to increase the percentage of recycling, and to maximise the quality of the resultant recoverable materials for the benefit of the environment, and to do this cost efficiently for the benefit of the tax payer.
Kerb-side sorting is recognised to improve the quality of the sort and hence to reduce contamination of the recovered material for sale at the end of the recycling process.

Dual stream recycling (collecting fibres ie paper and cardboards) separately from glass, metal and plastic, or alternative separating glass from other recyclables, has also been proved to result in better quality recovered material, but this is not offered with the revised contract.

Comments on the potential impact of these proposals
For families and multi-person households who currently recycle it is likely that the commingled (mixed recycling) wheelie bin would not be big enough to accommodate two weeks’ worth of plastics, let alone all the card, paper, bottles and metals, resulting in additional bags of plastic recycling being left by the wheelie bin. We have been told that extra bags next to wheelie bins will not be collected.

Wheelie bins for residual waste would accommodate five black bags – possibly inadequate capacity for two weeks’ waste for families. For those families that do not recycle (and cannot be persuaded to do so), additional bags left next to the wheelie bins would not be collected and would also attract vermin. This would also be likely to encourage families to put extra residual waste into recycling wheelie bins and hence cause contamination and consequent implications for reduced commodity prices due to contamination of paper or plastic.

These issues lead to more waste on our streets, to flytipping and consequently, to additional costs. Little thought appears to have been put into how the wheelie bins would be conveyed to the waste trucks. Many roads in the Borough are narrow (for example in Olde Hanwell), and have nose-to-tail parking. Damage to private vehicles may increase as operators use narrow gaps to access the trucks with the wheelie bins.

The time involved in the recycling trucks blocking some residential roads that have a considerable amount of through traffic (eg Deans Road, and Montague Road in mid Hanwell) whilst the wheelie bins are dealt with might also cause issues with traffic build up and associated road rage.

And this is all before we consider the visual aesthetics of two/three wheelie bins per household in those properties that have small front gardens and no side access to hide the wheelie bins out of sight. For example in the Framfield Road area of Hanwell, and in Olde Hanwell.

Wheelie bins would be unsightly in our Conservation Areas and consideration should certainly be given to this. But, then why should those of us not lucky enough to live in Conservation Areas be forced to have the visual amenity of our neighbourhoods diminished by a plethora of dirty wheelie bins?

Lack of Public Consultation
There has been no public consultation on this issue and many people believe that such major decisions affecting every household in the Borough should not be taken without the prior opportunity for public debate.

7. CupCott2k15

Disposable cups are one of the biggest sources of waste at AU.

From coffee cups to the cups that come with meal swipes at AU, these disposable cups add up over time and contribute to the waste stream.  

Join us in making AU a more sustainable campus by boycotting disposable cups this semester in favor of bringing a reusable one with you around campus!

8. Heartland Recycles

Break free from your office garbage can! Support recycling at Heartland and opt to remove your garbage can from your office and only recycle.

Studies have shown that when recycling cans are most convenient, recycling rates increase.

Help Heartland increase our recycling rates and eliminate recyclables from entering our landfill.

9. Re-Shirt Campaign

Re-Shirt is a campaign which aims to reduce the number of promotional T-shirts that Universities and companies across the country are wasting.

Thousands of T-shirts are printed across the United Kingdom for "one time wear" and we want to put a stop to this.

Have you ever been given a promotional T-shirt?

Have you ever been in charge of printing promotional T-shirts?

Sign our pledge to state that you will think more about the impact you are having.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

10. Allow Applications for Large Waste Black Bins

I have recently asked the Environment and Highways scrutiny Committee of Neath Port Talbot to support an application system to allow Large Families and Other Families who I believe would qualify for the use of a larger Black Waste Bin to allow them to demonstrate with evidence their need for this application system for all.

11. Support Recycling Incentives

Recycling is important to protect our environment from becoming polluted and filled with toxic waste.

Recycling is key to keeping our air clean, and reducing greenhouse gases.

12. Ban Plastic Bags in La Jolla!

Help raise awareness of plastic and how it effects our environment!

Los Angeles County has been the first county in California to ban plastic bags, so why can't San Diego or specifically La Jolla?

We live in such a BEAUTIFUL beach community and it's sad to see our local markets using plastic bags!

Help the oceans and ban plastic bags!

13. Yes to Recycling

I have promoted Recycling by giving out posters and leaflets about it.

I have started a petition in my school community and hopefully i can start online.

I have been round to local estates and have done sessions with young adults who I believe need to take care of the environment.

14. Feasibility Study for Sydney's 'Hi-Lane'

On the 21st of April 2012 Sydney Morning Herald published a preliminary concept proposal for the conversion of Sydney's monorail line into a public walkway.

In the days following there has been a great deal of public debate online exploring the merits of the proposal. Much of the commentary has been positive and hence we think it is appropriate that the N.S.W. Government and the City of Sydney undertake a feasibility study to explore the potential conversion of the monorail into a walkway.

15. Composting for Amherstview

Composting not only helps put fewer material into landfills, which prevents pollution, it also can be reused for agriculture purposes and sold as a natural fertilizer.

Kingston, Ontario already has a green bin for every household which is picked up weekly. Organic materials go in these green bins.

Amherstview is already included in recycle and garbage pick up, so green bins could be done at the same time as well.

16. Recycle Cape Town

Dinner time! On this winter’s eve you decide to make for yourself tomato soup. You start with two cans of tomato base, followed by a container of baby tomatoes, and finish it with a container of cream. As an environmentally conscious person you plan to recycle the two metal cans containing your base, the plastic container housing the tomatoes, and the small plastic container holding your cream. You separate these from your true waste and put them in a small bag destined for the recycling plant.

When it comes time for you to take out the trash you realize you have no idea where to dispose of your recycling collection. It’s easy enough to dispose of your true waste as every street has an abundance of bins destined for disposal at the nearest land fill. So where to put the recycling?

Still having a heart for the environment, you hold on to your small recycling bag. As bowls of tomato soup go by, your recycling bag grows bigger. After enough time this recycling bag has turned into an obtrusive structure in your home.

You realize that in the year 2009/2010 the city of Cape Town produced 1.6 million tons of waste! You’ve read on the City Of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Department’s website that of the six plots of land surrounding the city for land fill, only three are left and they are “quickly filling up.” You don’t want to contribute unnecessarily to the mountains off trash surrounding your beloved city!

Before too long you discover that there are actually twenty drop off sites for your recycling, placed not so strategically throughout the city. After driving to one of these spots you realize that recycling in the city of Cape Town is actually a not-so-efficient way of disposing of your waste. Even further, you realize that none of these drop-off sites are funded by the city’s government. In fact, all recycling drop off points in the city of Cape Town are privately funded. This simple fact is a testament to the heart of the people in this city.

That the city’s waste department can’t afford proper recycling provisions is a fallacy. More of our tax dollars go to funding “company holidays” and lavish private “conferences” than to bettering the life of those in the community. Is it not a simple enough suggestion to propose that everywhere there is a trash bin in the city destined for the land fill, right next to it sits one destined for the recycling plant?

It’s time we demand that our government take more responsibility for recycling in Cape Town. With the government’s funds behind it, recycling can become a simple, everyday activity in our lives.

Recycling is actually an inexpensive option to the statistics of our waste tonnage that will benefit the city by creating jobs and minimizing our waste, and the world at large, by preventing the need to extract resources from our planet only to bury them shortly thereafter in a landfill.

17. Save the weekly grey bin rubbish collection service in Bury

Many local people living in the Bury Council area are opposed to council plans to abolish their weekly Grey Bin collection service.

Labour councillors want to save the weekly grey bin rubbish collection service to keep their areas clean, tidy and free of litter, stop rubbish piling up in streets and gardens, and prevent fly tipping.

Local people have told us they also want to recycle more by increasing the frequency of the green bin collections and the frequency of the glass bin collections.

We want to collect signatures for this petition to force Bury Council not to axe the weekly rubbish collection service and to help local people to recycle more by the frequency of the green bin collections and the frequency of the glass bin collections.

Thank you for your support.


18. Collect The Brown Recycling Bins Three Times A Week

We used to have the Brown Bins collected every two weeks, this has now been increased to four times a week, with a limit now enforced on general household waste this means we now have to recycle a lot more.

This in itself is a good idea but we have not been given the facilities to accommodate this increase in recyclable waste leaving many of us with an overspill which the council will not collect.

I am calling for people to sign this petition who want the Brown Bins collected more frequently, to prevent the build-up of unsightly waste, and to stop us, the residents, having to take time out of busy schedules to take waste to landfill and recycle centres at our own fuel and time costs.

19. Pi Lambda Phi Green Week

Green Living is defined herein as any action or activity that results in a positive impact, to any degree, on the environment so that the planet may continue to support future generations.

20. Say NO to Plastic Bags in Singapore

Plastic last forever and it's KILLS!

Used plastic bags, bottles and similar are finding their ways to our drains, rivers, sea, beaches and the big oceans.

These products made from plastic will never decomposed but will only broken into smaller pieces to be mistakenly consumed by the marine creatures...

The marine life are either choke or stave them to death by these mistaken food... or its find their ways into our food chain...

With the ever increasing of the population tag with the current consumers' habits, the volume of discarded plastic bags, bottles or others will increased to an alarming situation that will be beyond our ability to clean it up...

There are already numerous reports about garbage patches found in our oceans and more than 80% of the contents are plastics. These plastics are destroying and killing the marine life directly and indirectly, and we humans will be affected...

21. Μείωσε, Eπαναχρησιμοποίησε, Ανακύκλωσε (Reduce, reuse, recycle)

Το περιβάλλον μας καταστρέφεται.
Όλοι μπορούμε να αγωνιστούμε για την προστασία του. Με απλές καθημερινές κινήσεις.

Πρέπει να στείλουμε ένα μήνυμα στο Δήμο μας, στην περιφέρειά μας, στο ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΣ & ΚΛΙΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΛΛΑΓΗΣ, στο κράτος μας ότι νοιαζόμαστε.

Πρέπει να υποστηριχθούν οι σχετικές δράσεις που γίνονται από σχολεία, πολίτες, πολιτεία, ΜΚΟ, κ.λ.π..

22. Save St Annes Tip (Everest Road Household Waste Recycling Centre in St Annes)

The St Annes recycling centre is the 5th. most popular recycle site in Lancashire (out of 23 sites spread across Lancashire)

Last year you helped to recycle/reuse 75.86% of the rubbish brought into this centre - please help fight its planned closure.

If the centre closes then potentially fly tipping council increase and recycling rates could go down.)

The closure proposals are part of a county-wide review of household waste recycling centres by Lancashire County Council, which claim the county has more tips compared to the population than any other area in the country.

Fears have been raised that fly-tipping could increase if the closure, labelled a "cost-cutting measure" by protesters, goes ahead.

23. Stop Plastic Pollution

We go through 380 billion plastic bags a year. An estimated 5.2% get recycled; in landfills, they could last 1,000 years. Bags are made from oil, and our bag habit costs us 1.6 billion gallons of oil each year. That last statistic, and its link to global warming, is starting to drive change.

The new bags are expensive--they cost between 5 and 10 cents apiece, while plastic costs between 1 and 4 cents. But the big downside to these bags is that they decompose only in a commercial composting facility, which most cities don't have. Within the dry confines of a landfill, compostable bags will act just like plastic, And they don't decompose in ocean water, creating a giant toilet that doesn't flush.

Target bags list 10 ideas for reuse, letting the company lean green by asking customers to do their bit for the earth. Among the suggestions: "tiny trash-can liner" (#1), kitty-litter liner (#8), and tomorrow's lunch bag (#9). There are no incentives to reduce bag use, though; the bags suggest that you're cool if you reuse them.

That's not recycling and how many people actually read the bags?

24. Encouraging Fast Food Restaurants and Outlets to Provide Recycling Facilities for Consumers

For many years Australians have been among the most enthusiastic recyclers in the world, however most fast food restaurants and outlets in Australia do not recycle or even offer customers the opportunity to recycle their waste. Furthermore, the majority of waste products from fast food meals including cups, bottles, aluminium cans, cardboard chip packets and paper wrappers, are fully recyclable but are being placed into landfill.

According to an academic study conducted in 2007 by the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, waste generated by the packaging of fast food is 93% recoverable, in other words only 7% need go to landfill. The reality is that industry-wide only 29% is actually recovered with 71% of mostly recyclable packaging waste from the fast food industy going to landfill.

The research from this study indicated that it is possible to reach the achievable recovery potential in the exisiting solid waste infrastructure through new waste management practices, which are designed and operated according to waste producers's needs and demands. A consistent government approach is believed by the study to greatly assist in achieving lower waste, like in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, legislation was passed in 2004 that required its 600 fast-food restaurants, including McDonalds, Burger King (Hungry Jacks), and KFC, to maintain facilities for proper disposal of recyclables by customers. Diners are obliged to deposit their garbage in four separate containers for leftover food, recyclable paper, regular waste and liquids. Restaurants that don't comply face fines up to USD$8,700.

In March/April 2010, this petition will be forwarded to the head offices/CEOs of the most popular restaurants including McDonald's, Hungry Jacks, Burger King, Subway, KFC and Red Rooster etc. Copies of the petition will also be sent to the federal and state environment ministers to encourage the government to introduce legislative changes that encourage fast food franchises to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

Most of the information in this petition was sourced from

25. Stop landfills

Waste and rubbish dumped in landfills can take up to 500 years to degrade.

The only way to stop filling up our planet with rubbish is to be careful about what we throw away.

26. STOP printed Phone directories

28.4 million Yellow Pages per year (official)
22 million Thomson Local per year (official)

How many are used? and at what environmental cost?

This delivery system comes with at massive environmental cost. Not only with the printing and paper used but with the distribution to every home and business.

How many of use just pick them up and put them straight in the bin? or save them and never use them.

With Global Warming being such a huge problem its time to stop this system of waste. We need to create an 'op-in' delivery program. This is we the printed versions are only delivered upon request therefore eliminating pointless waste.

Join this Protest and help us to live in an environmentally cleaner UK.

This is the first protest from 'The Waste Project'. A project looking for a sustainable world.

27. Stop Styrofoam Usage

- Takes longer than a normal life-span to decompose.

- It is highly used at this moment, but should be stopped!

If you do use it, PLEASE recycle it. (:

28. "Bring Your Own Bag Everyday" Campaign for all Local Retailers

NEA started the Bring Your Own Bag Day (BYOBD) since 2007. It started with every first Wednesday of the month to the current every Wednesday of the week. Most Singaporeans try to avoid patronizing participating supermarkets on Wednesday which defeat the purpose of BYOB or Stop the Wastage of Plastic Bags campaign.

Upon my last trip to GuaugZhou (广洲) I noticed the locals Bring Your Own Bag campaign is as successful as Korea. Most of the retail outlets do not provide carrier unless with a fee. I see all citizens with recycle bags whenever they are out to shop. I was not spared too. Regardless of buying of groceries, apparels or even books almost everything it’s Bring Your Own Bag.

Can we Singapore move towards this direction? I love Singapore, I love the Earth, and I love the planet we are in. I am sure I am not alone. May we help to keep the beautiful earth we are in and preserve it as much as possible for our next and future generations?
Did You Know...?
• More than 2.5 billion plastic bags are used every year in Singapore.
• Almost half of these bags are given away unnecessary such as customers asked for more than required.
• Plastic bags suffocate, disable and kill thousands of marine mammals and sea birds worldwide each year. When the animal dies and decays, the plastic bag is free again to repeat the deadly cycle.
• It only takes less than a week for an average Singapore family to accumulate 50 plastic bags.
• Most of these recyclable plastic bags are often thrown away without being recycled.
• Plastic bags thrown away as litter, dirty our public places, rivers and canals, and may even clog up drains, and this would lead to stagnant water and mosquito breeding.
• By using reusable bags during our shopping trips, we will use fewer plastic bags and help to conserve the earth's resources.
• We can help to put an end to this earth destruction.
• Say "NO" to plastic bags now!
• Say "YES" to less waste, haze and global warming.

What Price Have We Paid? We pay a big price for using plastic bags extensively – from the devastation they cause to our uniquely island environment, to the financial cost to the retail sector of supplying plastic bags to customers…the price we pay for using plastic bags really adds up.
Plastic bags are a serious threat to our environment and natural resources they take up to 1000 years to break down.

Plastic bags are responsible for blocking drains and harming our wildlife - both marine and land-based animals. Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. 100,000 marine mammals die yearly by eating plastic bags. These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death. We Murdered Them with plastic! And we are murdering our future generations too!

29. Review plastic packaging for food

The ongoing and expanding use of preformed plastic containers, which are mostly grossly oversized for the enclosed product and used for foods being sold by retailers is both unnecessary and dangerous to our health.

I have had many 'Bag for Life' bags destroyed after a single use by the sharp edges, plus many cuts to my hands. Why use such a dangerous item? Why should the container be on average 3 times the size it needs to be for the content?

Considering that this type of rigid plastic is not recyclable it is certainly not in the interests of society in general!

30. Stop Global Warming

Climate change may be a big problem, but there are many little things we can do to make a difference. If we try, most of us can do our part to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we put into the atmosphere. Many greenhouse gases come from things we do every day. As we have learned, these greenhouse gases trap energy in the atmosphere and make the Earth warmer.

Driving a car or using electricity is not wrong. We just have to be smart about it.Some people use less energy by carpooling. For example, four people can ride together in one car instead of driving four cars to work. Here are some additional ways you can help make the planet a better place!

Learning about the environment is very important. There are many good books that will help you learn. To get started, ask a teacher or a librarian for some suggestions. You also can look at the Links page to find other good web sites with information about the environment and climate change.

Save Electricity
Whenever we use electricity, we help put greenhouse gases into the air. By turning off lights, the television, and the computer when you are through with them, you can help a lot.

Bike, Bus, and Walk
You can save energy by sometimes taking the bus, riding a bike, or walking.

Talk to Your Family and Friends
Talk with your family and friends about climate change. Let them know what you've learned.

Plant Trees
Planting trees is fun and a great way to reduce greenhouse gases. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the air.

Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags, and newspapers. When you recycle, you send less trash to the landfill and you help save natural resources, like trees, oil, and elements such as aluminum.

When You Buy, Buy Cool Stuff
There are lots of ways we can improve the environment. One of the ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we put into the air is to buy products that don't use as much energy. By conserving energy, we help reduce climate change and make the Earth a better place. Some products – like certain cars and stereos – are made specially to save energy.

Some Things to Think About
Did you know that you can help the environment if you buy recyclable products instead of non-recyclable ones? Look for the recycle mark – three arrows that make a circle – on the package. Recyclable products are usually made out of things that already have been used. It usually takes less energy to make recycled products than to make new ones. The less energy we use, the better.

Solar Energy
Imagine that it's a hot summer day. You put a scoop of ice cream on the sidewalk, and it melts. Why? Well, you probably know that the sun causes the ice cream to melt. But you may not know that the sun produces solar energy. Solar energy is a fancy way of saying "energy that comes from the sun." Solar energy can be used to heat homes, buildings, water, and to make electricity. Today, more than 200,000 houses in the United States take advantage of the sun's energy.

Cars are an important part of life for most people. But cars also cause pollution and release a lot of greenhouse gases into the air. Fortunately, there are some cars that are better for the environment. These cars can travel longer on a smaller amount of gasoline. They don't pollute as much, either. Using these kinds of cars can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the air.

Many things, like computers, TVs, stereos, and VCRs, have special labels on them. The label says "Energy" and has a picture of a star. Products with the ENERGY STAR® label are made to save energy. Buying products with ENERGY STAR® labels will help protect the environment.