We trash our planet

Attempting to stay green for a better environment seems like a tough challenge for all nowadays. People rushing, people on the go; time simply doesn’t allow for it. During school vacations, I enjoy traveling around, from state to state, nation to nation. As mentioned by Heeral Bhalala, Virginia Tech, recycling systems tend to differentiate in almost every township and even country around the globe. Some systems in certain states might accept one thing, as another system in a different state might not, something I have noticed here in the states.

One behavior of mine that is not sustainable is being on the go and not paying close attention to what is and what is not recyclable. As mentioned in the article “Trash or Recycle? How product distortion leads to categorization Error During Disposal”, we tend to fill up our recycling bin with items that are commonly known to be recyclable. The small things such as batteries, those are all things we tend to throw in the trashcan but really there are dispensers that do collect things such as that.

My family is originally from Houston, TX. Coming to Chicago, a huge difference in its recycling system. Based on observations, Houston makes a bigger push for its residents to recycle. I remember receiving in the mail, advertisements promoting prices for the households that accumulates more recycling and less waste within the neighborhood. Here in Chicago, that sounds unheard of. I feel as we get somewhat influenced by others behavior, so if you see your neighbors not recycling, why should you; I have fallen into that, one-way I’m not too sustainable.



Bhalala, Heeral. “Will the U.S. Ever Learn to Recycle.” Virginia Tech. Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, 15 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.



Hopper, Joseph R., and Joyce McCarl Nielsen. “Recycling as Altruistic Behavior Normative and Behavioral Strategies to Expand Participation in a Community Recycling Program.” Sagepub. Sage Journals, 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.


Trudel, Remi, Jennifer J. Argo, and Matthew D. Meng. “Trash or Recycle? How Product Distortion Leads to Categorization Error During Disposal.” Trash or Recycle? How Product Distortion Leads to Categorization Error During Disposal. Sage Journals, 22 Mar. 2015. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.


One thought on “We trash our planet

  1. I agree that our sustainable habits can be affected by our surroundings. We don’t make much of an effort in Chicago to recycle. And when it’s easier to throw items in the trash we often do just that. The great thing about our university education is that we are in a position to influence others to change.


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