By Prina Dayal
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 1 of VARSITY News.
There is litter pollution everywhere you walk, which is eaten by birds, going into our oceans, and it is affecting our marine life. Have you ever thought of what can be done or how a zero-waste environment can be achieved?
But first, let us understand what a zero-waste environment is. A zero-waste environment is an environment where no waste should be accumulated. There are definitely ways in achieving a waste-free environment and this can be done by means of recycling materials to create another product. For example, plastic can be melted down to create a new piece of plastic material. Students at UCT could create a recycling depot and re-use plastic in many ways, and students from all faculties can help out.
The reduction of plastic at UCT, or any form of litter material is possible. The food stores on campus could possibly start using a method where students bring in flasks to buy hot beverages instead of using polystyrene cups. The paper and plastics, in which our meals are given in, could preferably be given in glass plates so that they can be washed instead of throwing out single-use plastic.
The solution is to re-use what you have purchased. Try growing your vegetables at home, instead of buying your food on campus. Do not litter, throw your waste in the bin or recycle. It will definitely take a lot of time for UCT students to adapt to this zero-waste environment, but every student can make a small difference to achieve it.
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