The Planet, Fall 2004, Trash
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Western Washington University. Associated Students; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies
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Table of Contents
DIGGING UP HISTORY by Matt Burdick
An estuary becomes a garbage dump becomes a site leaching dangerous toxins slated for cleanup. The former Holly Street Landfill’s multiple layers reveal Bellingham’s changing attitude toward garbage.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDS by Michelle McRory
Although the average american household can accumulate 100 pounds of hazardous waste every year, the Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate households. Find out the reason, as well as how to properly dispose of common household products.
REINCARNATION by Evan McLean
Cars go through a lengthy post-death process on their way to the giant autobahn in the sky. While companies can recycle much of what makes up a car, certain elements still pose problems.
STARTING THE CYCLE by Darcey Maher
Western’s recycling program, one of the first in Washington, has transformed from an all-volunteer pilot project to a state-mandated university requirement.
BACK TO THE SOIL by Amber Potter
Household composting can be simple and low-tech. Large-scale composting, however, is a complex endeavor. Learn how local businesses are turning food scraps and green waste into rich soil.
WHEN WILL THE 3 R'S OF EDUCATION BE REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE? by Alyssa Mathews
The amount of recycling and trash-reduction education that occurs in schools varies widely. How much trash a school produces is dependent upon its funding, its size and, largely, teacher involvement.
THE PATH OF PLASTIC by Sarah Kuck
Deciding where to toss the bottle after slurping down that Diet Coke has significant consequences. Follow a bottle from its point of consumption to its many possible destinations.
TIRED PROGRESS by Julia Miller
Although Washington has no state-sponsored tire-recycling program, local businesses are keeping scrap tires out of landfills by finding alternative ways to reuse rubber.
ONE PERSON'S GARBAGE, EVERYONE'S PROBLEM by Connor Clark-Lindh
One person’s trash is another person’s . . . trash. And when no one collects it, it just keeps piling up. Learn about illegal dumping and how it harms communities.
TRASH TO CASH by Christine Roka
Zero Waste Entrepreneur, a new class at Western, teaches how to design and market products made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. Students are transforming what some might consider trash into marketable products.
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