Communities Field Note: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

What community need did I learn about?

The city of Segovia needs to manage its waste, just like any other city in the world does. When people create trash, systems for collecting and disposing of the trash need to be in place. Also, people need education about how to produce less trash, and how to protect the environment.


Why does the community have this need?

Many of the residents of Segovia are older people. They have not received the education about the need to protect environment. Segovia needs more education programs for its older citizens to teach them the meaning of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” and why it is important.


Is this need being met? How?

In the last five years, Spain has created two national waste plans. The main ideas of this plan are all connected to the concept of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. I hope that these waste plans will be successful in creating a good waste management solution for the country of Spain.


I think that with more education, this plan will be successful. Here is why: My mama is one of Segovia’s older citizens, and she already has her own little recycle program. In her home, she never wasted any food. If we did not eat all the food for dinner, she would then have it for lunch the next day. When cooking, she would reuse oil that she already used once for cooking. She saved many plastic containers and glass jars in order to store food or other household items. Citizens like my mama are very mindful of what they can and cannot waste, but they don’t always connect what they do in their own homes to the greater state of the environment. With a little more education, I think they will understand the importance of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” not only in their own homes, but also in the community.


In Segovia’s schools, children are learning about recycling and its importance. As they become adults, they will realize the importance of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”.

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