INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN THE SUN COAST UNIVERSITY
CAMPUS RECYCLING PROGRAM
Observers criticize America as a “throw-away” society (
Cahan 116), and perhaps the criticism is
We discard 11 to 14 billion tons of waste each year, according to the Environmental
Of this sum, 180 million tons comes from households and businesses, areas
where recycling efforts could make a difference (
de Blanc and Wei 35).
Holusha, Saenz, and Chu state that in 1998 “the United States produced enough waste to fill a
convoy of garbage trucks reaching halfway to the moon, and the convoy is getting longer every
Holusha, Saenz, and Chu 114).
Although many individuals would like to send our trash
to the moon, unfortunately, most of it finds its way to earthly landfills.
With an ever-increasing
volume of waste, estimates show that 80 percent of America’s landfills will be full by the year
To combat the growing waste disposal problem, 32 states have passed legislation aimed at
In addition to legislation at the state level, more than 1,500 communities
have enacted regulations requiring residents to separate bottles, cans, and newspapers so that
they may be recycled (
DeBlanc and Wei 34).
Moreover, 35 states are trying other means to
reduce waste, including taxes, tax incentives, packaging mandates, and outright product bans
All levels of government are trying both voluntary and mandatory means of
reducing trash sent to landfills (
Mink, Patsy T.
21 January 2010).
Sun Coast’s Recycling Program