Student Independent Projects 2012: Sustainable Resource Management

Lam, Kevin (2012) Student Independent Projects 2012: Sustainable Resource Management. Research Report. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Everyday Millions of disposable plates, cups and utensils are used in fast food establishments, cafeterias, restaurants and homes worldwide. These single-use disable plates, cup and utensils, when of polystyrene or plastic, do not biodegrade and decompose like fruit, vegetables or meat; they only breakdown into smaller pieces on a physical level. This lack of decomposition means that these products persist and accumulate in landfills consuming the available space and contaminate the surrounding area. With an ever growing global population, the disposable waste generated annually is increasing and landfills worldwide are rapidly filling. Therefore, more landfills are needed sooner but they are expensive to create, they consume a large amount of usable space and can harm the environment. In order to reduce the dependence on landfills, the waste can be diverted through recycling programs, reducing human consumption and purchasing reusable and/or compostable materials. These methods of waste reduction would be implemented at the municipal level but it would be possible to change provincial and state legislation so that municipalities would be required to do so rather than of their own volition. If initiated worldwide than the amount of waste produced by humans would be greatly reduced and the dependence on landfills would decrease.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12071
Item ID: 12071
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Sustainable Resource Management
Date: 2012
Date Type: Submission

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