A new petition is going around, and it needs your help! This petition's purpose is to hire a worker in the cafeteria to manage the dishwasher. This would allow AMS to be able to use the reusable plastic trays that the school purchased years ago. For this petition to work it needs one thousand signatures, which means it needs everyone's support. It only takes one minute to make a difference and show your passion for the issues that really matter.
According to Livestrong, styrofoam takes over 500 years to decompose and can not be recycled. This is one of the reasons why styrofoam products are over 30% of all waste in landfills. Not only is styrofoam bad for the environment, but for anyone near it. Over 90,000 workers face the exposure of polystyrene and styrene each year. Polystyrene and styrene are some of the materials that make up styrofoam and are extremely dangerous. These materials have been known to cause serious health conditions such as cancer, and toxins found in the blood stream.
Although some might consider the five second setback of scraping off food and then putting away your tray an inconvenience, isn’t millions of humans ceasing to exist by the year 2060 a bigger inconvenience? Styrofoam may be the go to material, but it can’t stay this way. This petition would help show that Asheville Middle can lead the way to a greener future. Your singular name, that seems so small, can make the difference that changes our school for good. Changes need to be made now, before all we can think about is the changes we should have made.
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Story by Fiona Austin