Thursday, March 8, 2012

A instancia de la mamá que quiere ser escritora, mi hija redactó este articulo para Welcome Home, un periodico mensual que se publica en nuestra zona.

Get on the Green Bandwagon
By K. Jacobson
I was very pleased to hear that our neighborhood would be part of the City of San Antonio’s field trial efforts to collect and process organic garbage. I knew first hand how helpful this program could be in our community because during my freshman year, my school science fair project was to find out whether people were truly recycling.
As part of my project, I looked into people’s garbage to gather data. For six weeks, I collected bags and sorted their contents. My findings were rather surprising. The organic material, including fruit and vegetable peels, spoiled produces, tea and coffee grinds, soiled paper towels, cereal boxes and shredded paper accounted for over 40% of the total garbage sample. (Figure 1)
San Antonio’s new plan to collect organic matter will require some additional work when disposing of garbage, but I feel it is well worth the effort. Nevertheless, after talking with family and neighbors about the new green canisters, I hear there is some apprehension or even apathy about joining in. Their concerns are related to the potential smell, mess, maggots and the extra effort and time required, but just as everything else, people need to be educated to understand that on the long run, the benefits derived from this program certainly outweigh the trouble we must go through to see it happen.
If all residential neighborhoods involved work together to support this initiative, a large amount of organic waste will be composted, thus reducing current landfill needs considerably. The community as a whole will contribute to create San Antonio’s path to Zero waste, a ten year goal established by the city in June 2010 .
To find about household items that can be placed into an organic compost system, please refer to: “75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't” by Colleen Vanderlinden published on, Jul 30, 2009 10:47.

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