We are responsible for our environment and we must face the fact that we will be confronted with an environmental catastrophe if we do not take control of the amount of trash we generate. We cannot leave the cleaning up of our mess to a future generation, so it is vital to start educating our children on responsible and sustainable waste management.
We have a duty to ensure that our great grandchildren will not inherit an environment choked with toxic waste. Imagine if they were unable to enjoy the beautiful countryside around York, as we can today, or if the water and soil were so poisoned by toxic waste that no food could grow? If the oxygen levels in our clean, fresh air was depleted to the extent that no outdoor or sporting activities could take place?
This is a nightmare scenario that must be avoided at all costs. We can begin by educating our children to adopt waste management as a necessary life skill, but we also need to change our attitude to trash and how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The three R’s of waste management, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, are uncomplicated concepts that we need to introduce to our children from a very young age. This way these essential life skills will become ingrained and second nature to them, ensuring they grow up into responsible adults who care about their immediate environment and the state of the planet we all live on.
Reducing consumption means understanding that our culture of more and more is unsustainable, and only results in further piles of trash for disposal. While at least 90% of what we buy ends up being trashed within 6 months, we need to become aware that constantly replacing disposable items or items that are not made to last, is bad for our environment.
The lesson we can learn from this is to reduce the amount of stuff we buy, and to use what we have for as long as possible to generate less waste.
We can protect our environment by reusing items more than once. Replacing single use plastic bags with reusable ones is an example of how reuse has been successful. This has kept tons of plastic out of our seas and landscapes.
Our consumer culture has a negative effect on our environment as we continue to buy non-reusable, non-sustainable items. Reusing and repurposing items can extend their usable life, reducing the amount of waste. These wasteful habits are something we need to change in ourselves and in our children.
Something positive we can teach our children is a life-long habit of recycling. While driving along the roads through our beautiful countryside in York, point out the discarded trash items along the side of the road. Most of this trash is made up of plastic bags, bottles, and takeout containers that are all recyclable. So with a little effort from all our citizens, our environment could be cleaner and more pleasant for everyone.
There are many environmental programs on TV and YouTube, that show the adverse effects that waste has on our world, to educate children. The more sustainable our lifestyles are, the more it benefits our ecosystem. A highly disposable culture that many of us follow, is just not sustainable.
Recycling need not be seen as a chore, and the more fun you make it, the easier it will be to educate your kids. Besides the different colored bins for separating recyclable waste into, encourage them to recycle their old toys, books, and clothes to charity shops. Compost your food waste by starting a worm farm and use this compost to feed your vegetable patch. While at the grocery store, point out the items that have wasteful packaging. Kids will soon understand the message of reduce, reuse, and recycle that you are putting across.
Ask the junk removal and scrap guys to explain to your children where the waste pick up is heading for disposal. We need to be aware that the landfills have trash that will never decompose even in hundreds of years into the future and unless we all make a concerted effort to produce less trash, our environment will be ruined.
Our culture is one of consumption which disregards the dangers of acquiring non-reusable products that add to the amount of trash generated. We need to encourage a culture of using it up, wearing it out, or doing without to keep our levels of waste under control. Our homes and families are often the best place to start changing our purchasing habits.
By making recycling fun, we can teach the kids to get involved from a very young age. If we reduce, reuse, and recycle ourselves and join community clean up campaigns, our children will follow our example and learn to take care of our environment.
We at Little Green Junk York are your licensed local junk haulers that dispose of your waste in a responsible manner. If you need trash removed from your home, we can help you. We use the landfill as a last resort and only if we cannot recycle or reuse your trash. We will be happy to engage with you and your children about our waste management methods when we pick up your junk. Our professional crew take junk removal seriously, and we offer a same day junk removal service if you require it. Otherwise, we can organize your trash pickup after hours, or over a weekend if normal working hours do not suit you.
We are your local junk haulers operating in the York, Lancaster, Dover, and Dillsburg areas. We are as concerned about our environment as you are, and we are proud to work with residents to keep our area as clean as possible.
Please contact us for a free, no obligation quotation when you need any junk removal or waste pickup service in York PA and surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you.
York, Lancaster, Dover, and Dillsburg: 717 467 0070