In our community we are actively and effectively promoting the collection of used batteries and waste paper.
In the modern world, the issue of ecology is an acute problem. At meetings with volunteers, we always discuss the moments how we can help to improve the environment as a volunteer center. That is how our “Eco Project” was created.
Every month, volunteers take batteries to special containers, since the batteries contain a number of dangerous chemicals and those which end up in a landfill can leach heavy metals into soil and groundwater. But even small concentrations of heavy metals in the groundwater can harm to our health, as they can accumulate in our body.
For example, cadmium affects the kidneys, liver, pancreas, blocks the work of some enzymes that are important for our body’s vital functions, and can even lead to emphysema or lung cancer. Cadmium poisoning leads to deformation of bones, which are accompanied by severe pain. Cadmium toxicity is aggravated by the fact that it is poorly excreted.
In conclusion, it is essential to point out that an AA battery can poison 380 liters of water or 1 cubic meter of soil. That’s why every battery has a no trash bin icon. This is a reminder to us that the batteries can not just be thrown into the trash bin.
Sumy is a relatively small city, but the collection of waste paper is surprisingly well developed, which brings significant benefits to the environment. People are well aware that one ton of waste paper can save up to 4 cubic meters of wood.
Why residents of Sumy consider it necessary to use such raw materials as waste paper? The answer is very simple. People can make a sufficient amount of products from the waste paper: boxes, packaging boxes, cardboard and, finally, toilet paper. Of course, this is not the whole list of possible products, but people are well aware that waste paper is not useless, but valuable, therefore they consider it their duty to reuse waste paper in Sumy. Reasonable use of paper has a positive effect on the environment and reduces the consumption of funds, saving already on the secondary assortment of paper products.