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Glorify Green!

The world is manufacturing more artificial products than ever before. After only one use, most of these materials end up in a landfill where they take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose. Recycling and the use of biodegradable products is essential to preserving our environment, as materials such as styrofoam are extremely hazardous.

Styrofoam, an informal name for polystyrene, is a non-biodegradable substance used frequently in businesses. Since the petroleum-based plastic material is resistant to photolysis, it never fully decomposes. Polystyrene has been declared the main component of marine debris, because of its unique property to float. Styrene, a main component of polystyrene is a human carcinogen. In addition, the production of styrofoam releases 57 chemical byproducts that contribute significantly to diminishing our ozone layer.

The Alachua County landfill closed down in 1998 when it reached its maximum capacity, and now Alachua County waste is shipped 36 miles away to the New River Regional Landfill. Attached is one of the most recent photos of our landfill. We believe that by advertising biodegradable products and making it advantageous to companies to use them instead of polystyrene products, Gainesville can make a change for the betterment of its environment Some biodegradable products include: post-consumer recycled paper, bamboo, and corn plastic. We would also like to promote the development of a public styrofoam recycling facility in Gainesville. Although this is not the most environmentally friendly option, because of all the energy used to transform the material, one is able to decrease the amount of waste left in landfills for prolonged periods of time. If you want to keep Gainesville’s environment clean and preserve its beauty, join the fight!

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