为什么零废物很重要

Zero Waste at your school has 的 immediate benefits of a cleaner cafeteria and a 更多的 orderly sidewalk collection area. These small contributions in schools add up to a bigger change globally: helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing 的 amount of waste going to landfills. Read 更多的 about 的 many benefits of sending less waste to landfills in each catagory below.

 

垃圾填埋场

  • New York City officially closed its last landfill, Fresh Kills, in 2001. Now we send all of our trash to 其他州的垃圾填埋场 including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and South Carolina. Some materials that end up in landfills contain toxic substances which can leach into 的 soil and groundwater, causing 环境 hazards that last decades or longer.
  • 据估计, 70%的材料 sent to landfills in 的 United States are recoverable, meaning 的y can be recycled. For instance, New Yorkers send 400,000 tons of recyclable paper to landfills every year. 

 

气候变化

  • 垃圾填埋场 are a major contributor to climate change. The breakdown of organic materials in landfills releases methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas with a Global Warming Potential of up to 72倍 that of carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • By sending less waste to landfills in combination with diverting organic materials to composting facilities, 可能会有 显著减少 在温室气体排放方面.

 

自然资源

  • Extracting virgin natural resources to use as raw material for products 使用更多的能量 比回收. Reducing consumption of new products reduces 的 need to search for and extract 更多的 raw materials, such as petroleum for plastic products and ore for aluminum and steel. Reuse and recycling keeps 的se resources in use as long as possible.

  • Discovery of raw material resources becomes 更多的 difficult over time; nonrenewable resources are 更多的 expensive to extract 更多的 deeply... 在这两个 环境 和经济方面.

 

环境正义

  • Due to factors like NIMBY-ism (“not in my backyard”), 危险废物的网站, 城市垃圾填埋场, 垃圾焚烧厂, and o的r hazardous facilities are disproportionately located in poor and minority neighborhoods. These communities are usually inadequately equipped to successfully oppose 的 placement of such sites without equal access to resources and legal power. Environmental justice groups often fight for years to shut down 的se plants and facilities, sometimes long after 的 health of community members has been compromised.

  • NYC specific example: transfer stations

 

经济学

  • 纽约市的花费超过了 每年3亿美元 to export our landfill waste to o的r states.

  • 一个圆形 recycling-based经济 preserves 的 value-added in products. Once a product has reached 的 end of its life 的 recycled components remain in productive use, 从而创造进一步的价值.

  • 绿色工作岗位正在增加 两倍速度 在所有其他工作中.

 

纽约法律 & 规定

  • 本地法例第19条(LL19) of 1989 - Established New York City’s mandatory recycling program requirements for residents, 企业, 和机构.

  • 本地第77号法律(LL77) of 2013 - Required New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to implement a voluntary residential organic waste curbside collection pilot program and a school organic waste collection pilot program.

 

 

 

 

50多年来, we have believed that everyone can make a positive impact and that collective action is necessary to secure a clean & healthy environment for future generations.

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