Recycling and Littering

Recycling and Littering
I spend my work days in a large city and assist in the day to day facilities management of many commercial properties.  These areas attract many different types of people from all over.  What I experience on a daily basis gives a good representation of our average citizens.  One thing that I keep being reminded of is how poor of a  job our society must be doing in teaching its youth to recycle and not litter.  This is getting progressively more important as the Earth’s human population grows and we put more stress on the environment with our pollution and demand for resources.
If you spend a lot of time outside, whether it is for work or recreation, it’s easy to see how trashy and wasteful the human race is.  If it wasn’t for conscientious people (and the occasional blast of wind displacing irresponsibly discarded trash), we’d all be up to our necks in garbage.  At what point does the amount of litter trigger a sensation of dislike in the average litterer? Until that point is surpassed it is obvious that such people are either inexcusably unaware or repugnant in their lack of caring.  Is the difference in those who value the beauty of the land and health of the environment compared to those recklessly contributing to the trashing of the Earth something you are born with? Even if that is the case, influences -especially in the formative years- go a long way in molding people.  How many parents are driving home the message to their children to not litter, recycle as much as possible, and demand that they be considerate of others and caretakers of the environment?  How many teachers and school curriculum do that?  Why not?  How much does global human population have to increase for that to happen?  The more people there are the more need for resources.  The pollution and destruction from extracting resources, refining and manufacturing is expensive and harmful to the environment.  Who wants things to get crappier, more difficult, and more expensive?  It’s simple math, folks.