Steven New York

Garbage Time

We need to find a different way to get rid of trash. What we are doing currently is killing our earth

Dear Mr. or Mrs. President,

I understand you are very busy so I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read my letter. Our planet is filling up with trash. Whether it is the air, the water, or on land, it needs to stop. The amount of garbage and how it managed can affect all three of these situations easily. Waste control on land can affect the amount of stray dogs in cities. Stray dogs are scavengers so they will go for anything they can find, especially meats. The more stray dogs there are the more littering they will do, making even more stray dogs. The more littering they do the bigger the chance of spreading rabies. A solution to this could be make laws that ensure there are no open bins or garbage dumps within city limits. Also, make it so that we can get tested for rabies annually or monthly or get rabies shots. As a last resort we could start controlling the amount of stray dogs in each city. Waste control can also affect animals that live in water. We keep dumping garbage into our waters. Also, people litter on beaches which eventually goes in our waters. This could kill or hurt marine life by getting cut or tangled in the trash. This could also cut or hurt humans Some solutions to this could be enforce littering laws better. We have them but they aren't enforced well. Also we can stop dumping trash into our waters. You could also make civic duty and community service clean up beaches. Waste control can also affect our air. People burn fires in their backyard all the time and they never know what they are doing. Also garbage dumped will use incinerators to burn away trash. These can release fumes that can be harmful if a human, animal, or plant breathes it. Some of these fumes are benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, and many many more. Just these fumes alone can cause leukemia, cancer, reduction in the oxygen-capacity of the blood, heart and kidney disease, brain damage, reduced fertility, developmental disability, and nervous system damage. A solution could be to stop burning garbage all together or only burn garbage that doesn’t release these fumes. The Catskill Creek runs behind my house. I actually own a little bit of it. Whenever I see someone litter I pick it up so people don't cut their foot and fish don't get hurt. These are just some thing to consider. Again, thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

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Kimberly Young

Social Studies 8H

Honors Class 2016-2017

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