Christel Lenora E. Po
March 7, 2013
Did you know that “each person throws away approximately 4 pounds of garbage everyday” (40 Environmental Facts n. pag), and that most of these wastes are not properly sorted and disposed of, or recycled? It is evident that the environment has been deteriorating and individuals contribute a lot regarding the environment’s situation. Many people are not well informed when it comes to using natural resources properly and are also not disciplined enough when it comes to getting rid of their trash. One might ask why there is a need for proper waste segregation in the Philippines, it is because of: Rapid population growth and industrialization have turned the Philippines’ waste situation into a huge problem. With today’s lifestyle, it is estimated that one person can generate as much as half a kilo of waste a day. The continuous stream into the market of new products that use the latest packaging technology further heightens the problem because new kinds of garbage are produced. Not only is there an increase in the amount of waste; there is also an increase in the variety of waste (de Guzman and Reyes ix). That is why proper waste segregation is an effective solution that should be implemented by the government and taught to everyone because it is feasible, it is environment-friendly and beneficial to health. The demanding pace that is required in this day and age mostly brings about the trait that many people possess, which is taking for granted many things they do on a daily basis, like throwing their trash. Because of the need to rush, most people usually just throw their trash in any waste bin or sometimes just anywhere. If only people are aware that proper waste segregation is feasible and can easily be practiced by anyone 3 with discipline, they will be able to make it a habit and also influence others to do the same. Therefore, the practice of proper waste segregation must be taught to children at an early age so that it will be instilled in them and so that it will be part of their nature even in the future, when they become adults. “In the same way, therefore, 'we must teach our children to find ways and means of making something useful out of waste'…” (Children Schooled On n. pag) so that they will not only be able to learn how to be responsible but also innovative and resourceful. Research shows that children who are educated how to properly segregate waste at home and in school are more likely to do so wherever they go because they develop a sense of discipline about employing proper waste management. They also tend to me more responsible adults in the future (Murcia n. pag). Because of this, parents and schools must teach the children about the importance of the practice of environmental conservation and should also implement proper waste segregation in their respective homes and campuses. One must also be reminded that the practice of proper waste segregation is the responsibility of every citizen in the world. As aforementioned, the world today is rapidly changing. Because of the production of too much waste, the environment has been deteriorating. One benefit of proper waste segregation is that it is environment-friendly. The different items that can be recycled are re-processed and are used to create new recycled products (Murcia n. pag). The method of recycling reduces the further consumption of natural resources because instead of getting additional components from the environment, one is able to re-use the materials one already has in order to conserve the world’s natural resources. 4
The process of proper waste segregation also helps ensure a cleaner and healthier environment. It does not inflict any damage to the surroundings. Waste segregation reduces and minimizes the amount of waste in...