By Libby Bernstein
Member, CommUNITY Living Committee
When I clean my home and take out the trash, it’s a good feeling because my home feels cleaner, fresher, and less cluttered. I take it outside and the trash truck comes to take it away and I can wash my hands of it…right? Wrong! It is important to remember, “there is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” Most trash goes to landfills. Landfills cause pollution to our environment by contaminating the groundwater and aquifers, contaminating the soil, and producing methane. Therefore, it is important that we ALL do our part to respect the environment.
This also happens to be one of the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct. By respecting the environment, we can help to protect the earth for future generations. Simple ways to do this include recycling, reducing the amount of non-recyclable items you use, not littering, conserving water, conserving electricity, and conserving fuel.
Recycling is a key item on this list because recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserves natural resources, prevents pollution, and saves energy. So help your earth by doing your part, and remember to always, always recycle!
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb