1. Action name
Barcelona Dumpster Instructions
For my action, I chose to create a one-page flyer to be handed out to future IES students teaching them how to use the dumpsters here in Barcelona. The flyer will be included in the welcome packet which given to students at the airport on their first day and at this point will only be given to those students in independent housing. This flyer could also be made available in IES common areas or upon request for those students who may use the dumpsters frequently for any other reason. For those students in independent housing, such as myself, it may be difficult to know which type of trash each dumpster on the street is for, especially because the writing on the dumpsters is in Catalan. Furthermore, there are many less options for types of trash bins in the United States which can complicate things even further for a person who just arrived in Barcelona. The flyer will include pictures of the dumpsters that can be found around Barcelona as well as the specific types of trash that should go in these dumpsters and hopefully make it much easier for students to stay green and recycle properly in their time abroad in Barcelona.
In the ongoing effort among citizens of the world to become greener, and in turn reduce their ecological footprint, properly disposing of your trash is an easy way to accomplish this. One of the most common ways to get rid of waste in the United States and the UK is through the use of landfills. For example, each year approximately 111 million tons of controlled waste (household, commercial and industrial waste) are disposed of in landfill sites in the UK. Landfills, however, are extremely harmful to the earth as they constantly release harmful pollutants and greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The positive affects of properly throwing away and segregating your trash to correctly take advantage of the various bins around Barcelona (and at home) are seemingly endless. For example, Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants. Also, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone. Lastly, Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.
Proper waste disposal, and in turn, recycling can not only help the environment but also the economy. Recycling creates 1.1 million jobs in the United States. Furthermore, for every one job created in collecting recyclables, 26 are created in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
1.2.1. Potential Benefits
The immediate and long term benefits of properly using the various dumpsters in Barcelona are limitless. As previously mentioned, Standford University in the United States was able to save almost 34,000 trees just from recycling for one year. Eventhough IES Barcelona is much smaller, the effects of recycling are immediate and every person's contribution counts, both environmentally and economically.
1.2.2. Potential Costs
I do not see any significant costs (monetary, time, etc) of printing this page and including it in future welcome packets for students in independent housing.
This idea was approved at the Student Council meeting by both the student council and the moderators (Ata Portela and Dawn Hiscock) on Thursday, March 18th, 2010.
It was confirmed by Dawn Hiscock on Thursday, April 15th that this flyer will be included in the welcome packet for future IES students in indenendent housing.
1.4. References & Links
http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-benefits.html *** Also a great link with many facts about the benefits of recycling
1.5. Students involved in this action
Leader: Stephen Frey
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