Earth Calling.

July 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm (Uncategorized)

In the newspaper, a few days back, I saw a picture of a man putting his hands in the trash in the relatively developed country people know as the UAE.

For a living, he was rummaging through the refuse to find recyclable items and to separate them from the rest of the garbage.

To stir a person like me on a topic like this is a big feat, really; considering the fact that I never cared much about Greenpeace or anything of the sort. I have never written about recycling and I do not recall trying to make an effort to make the environment ‘better for my children’.

But sometimes, savagery has an end, and I am thankful that I have this space to write about a really simple tip we all could try to follow, insha Allaah. This is probably not as practical in other countries, but here in the UAE to say that it is easy to do is an understatement!

Here’s the deal:

Place two trash cans in the kitchen. One for plastic items and one for organic waste (like that banana peel that you probably tripped on one day in the hallway). Once you plan on dumping the trash, throw the organic waste bag in the garbage chute, and take the bag of plastic stuff to the nearest Bee’ah recycle bin (the one next to my house is approximately two minutes away, and I believe that is the case for most houses since Bee’ah bins are widely distributed throughout the UAE). DONE! YOU MAY HAVE SAVED THE WORLD TO SOME EXTENT, and you are now allowed to feel like some sort of revolutionary figure or something. You can even sing in the shower about how awesome you are. And all that for two minutes of walking to a bin.

The importance of this is that the plastic trash you throw with other dirt get’s so icky and yucky that it cannot be recycled, so when you separate the plastic from the organic from beforehand, you stop such a phenomenon from occurring, and hence become a better person.

Do you recycle your high density polyethylene terephthalate?

(This picture of my cousin’s angel kid is my idea of emotional blackmail, so please get the hint).


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