The Collegian
Saturday, December 09, 2023

Waste buckets

I was just thinking about how I hate trashcans.

Trashcans get filled up, and then they get emptied out, and then what was inside the trashcans gets carted off ... to where? Do we care? Do I even care? I don't know. I think so. Why else would I be writing this? But, more than feeling like we're supposed to care, don't we care?

Trashcans serve as the medium that rids of us all of our junk -- all of our unwanted, already-served-its-purpose, unimportant crap: the yogurt from breakfast with the plastic, disposable spoon from the Pier, the 20-ounce bottle we're too lazy to hold onto until we find a recycle bin, the hundreds of papers accumulated from our school work throughout the semester, wrapping/packaging to all sorts of stuff we buy/consume weekly, old shoes, read Collegian newspapers, all those fliers we all get in our mailboxes that everyone throws out immediately after (maybe?) one quick glance.

What is consumption? Why do we consume so much? Don't we, the United States, consume 25 percent of the world's resources even though we don't even make up 5 percent of the world's population? What's up with that? Does all this never-ending consuming, never-ending trashcan filling, no regard for recycling/reuse disturb anyone else?

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