19 2 / 2014
Thanks to a class on environmental justice I’m taking, I recently became interested in the zero waste movement. The class has been teaching me that waste facilities (dumps, incinerators, water treatment plants) are disproportionately located in minority communities. These communities are forced to bear the burden of contaminated water and air from these facilities, while white communities continue to buy excessively and ship away their trash. Unfortunately, my question is: Where could we locate waste facilities that wouldn’t be unjust? I’m not sure there is anywhere!
Anyway, the zero waste movement is all about reducing the trash we produce so that fewer new facilities need to be built/older facilities can be shut down. Here are a few ideas from my research that seem relatively doable (from Zero Waste Home):
1. Welcome alternatives to disposables (paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper, aluminum sheets, disposable plates, cups, etc….): Swap paper towels for reusable rags, swap sandwich baggies for kitchen towels or stainless containers, drop garbage liners all together (wet waste is mostly compostable anyway).
2. Shop the farmer’s market: they’ll take the egg carton and the berries baskets back for reuse. Your veggies will also most likely be free of plastic and stickers.
3. Buy in bulk whenever possible.
4. Dry on a line when possible.
5. Start your personal junk mail war, cancel your phone directories, and sign up for electronic bills and statements.
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People who don’t like abortions generally also don’t like social programs that could deter abortions.
Sociology, University of Central Florida