Walk Ten Feet, Make A Difference

Molly Bond

Brown paper bags, plastic water bottles, and paper lunch trays are all customary items seen every day in the FHS cafeteria. What is not seen half as often, sadly, is people mustering up the energy to actually stand up from their tables to recycle these items. Instead, most students only find the time to extend their arm two feet out to the nearest trash can, where these reusable items are discarded in a place where there is no chance of them being reused.

Why, though? Why is it so unbelievably difficult to stand up and walk an absolute maximum of ten feet to the nearest recycling bin? It is absolutely pathetic the excuses I hear. “It’s too far away!” exclaims an irritated student, who wishes to remain nameless, in response to my question, “why can’t you just recycle that?”

Seriously? “It’s too far away?” Are you joking? If the recycling bin is too far away, then I suppose walking here to the cafeteria must have been killer, huh? I guess you’ll need to be wheeled on out of here so all this exhausting walking doesn’t kill you, right?

What is this generation coming to? Now, I know just as well as anybody how annoying it is when our generation is blamed for everything bad going on in the world, such as this obsession with technology, or child obesity. But seriously, our great-great-grandfathers were able to live in trenches for weeks at a time, fighting for our country, but you are unable to walk however many feet, just to save a little paper?

It is ridiculous, I say. Embarrassing, even, that most students refuse to recycle these items, when in doing so could make such a difference. You know what I say? Pardon me for being frank, but I say get off your lazy backside, walk ten feet, and make a difference.