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Combating littering in morrisville, n.c.


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Small English writing assignment from college.

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Combating littering in morrisville, n.c.

  1. 1. Running head: COMPELLED 1 Compelled: Ending pollution in Morrisville, North Carolina Chris Harden November 11, 2013
  2. 2. COMPELLED 2 Chris Harden Professor Johnson English Composition II E.S. 102 November 11, 2013 Compelled: Ending pollution in Morrisville, North Carolina I enjoy taking leisurely walks through the park behind the condominium where I live. There is much greenery and wildlife there even though there are three baseball fields and a soccer field on the left side of the park. But when I walk over one of the bridges that cross a small stream I see plastic bottles, paper plates and other garbage in the water. Unfortunately, it gets worse as I leave the trail and head towards the Morrisville Market Place shopping center where there is a McDonalds, Smithfield Chicken and Barbeque, Baskin Robbins, and now a Wal-Mart grocery store. The park trail empties to the rear of the shopping center and down a hill towards apartments and condominiums is garbage. When Wal-Mart opened I was concerned that there would be even more pollution released into the environment, but Wal-Mart has protocols to ensure that their garbage does not pollute the area. Therefore, similar or better garbage removal protocols should be utilized to prevent the area from being polluted. To illustrate, when trash bags are dumped from the dumpster into the garbage truck, some trash bags rupture and garbage falls onto the ground. Wal-Mart uses a trash compactor to keep all of its garbage contained. It would be beneficial to the environment for these companies to use trash compactors rather than dumpsters and garbage trucks because all of the garbage leaves in one container rather than being dumped into a truck where some bags tear open and others fall to the side and are left behind for animals to rummage through.
  3. 3. COMPELLED 3 On the other hand, these restaurants argue that there is not enough space for each of them to have their own trash compactor, many are franchisees who cannot afford to lease a trash compactor, and a shared trash compactor would be impractical because it would be difficult to determine which restaurants would pay what portion of the bill. Additionally, landscaping companies use backpack blowers to blow garbage into the grass and woodland areas instead of collecting the garbage. Some residents complain that it is irresponsible for the landscapers to leave cups, bottles, food containers, and other garbage in the environment when it is their responsibility to clean up the area in the first place. These landscaping companies argue that the cost of the additional manpower and equipment required to collect the garbage would be passed on to the Morrisville taxpayer. No doubt, this pollution is a terrible eyesore and reflects badly upon Morrisville’s image as an “upscale suburban” area of North Carolina. If the restaurants in the Morrisville Market Place shopping center cannot afford to utilize trash compactors then stronger trash bags could be an alternative, this way it is less likely that trash bags will rupture. Also, the landscape companies should be held responsible for leaving debris in the environment. Landscape companies that do leave pollution behind should be fined. Overall, to keep Morrisville looking pristine, these protocols should be implemented as soon as possible.