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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Reducing, Reusing, Recycling: a Comparative Analysis of Waste Management in Ecuador and America

This paper analyzes the differences between American and Ecuadorian reducing/reusing/recycling (RRR) habits. Drawing on observations from 13 days worth of observations, the presenter compares governments push for recycling and also individual recycling habits. Reducing waste is accomplished by consuming less waste. Giving multiple lives to products beyond one use is reusing waste. Recycling is a formal waste management technique in America where plastic containers have RRR symbols with numbers indicating how the plastic may be recycled in recycling plants. Recycling is commonly used as a catch-all term to describe reducing and reusing waste, especially in Ecuador because only infantile recycling programs are formally in place. Citizens of Ecuador completed bits of RRR by rarely purchasing consumable products, reusing containers to a great extent, but recycling methods were largely ignored. Americans differed because people consumed waste without reusing disposable containers and only some attempted to recycle.

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Presenter: Brianna Sepulveda (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm Session III