We, the people of the United States, can see what even our government cannot: disposable cups are a huge problem in our country. According to a 2006 estimate, the USA has been throwing away over 16 billion cups a year. To make these 16 billion cups, 4,000,000,000 gallons of water, 6,500,000 trees, 252,000,000 pounds of trash, and a whopping 4,884,000,000,000 BTU of energy were used.
This usage figure is probably higher today. In 2012, Starbucks stated that they use 4 billion cups a year. And that is just one company. Imagine if every company used even 3 billion cups. Envision the paper cups, piling up on top of each other in the landfills! Unfortunately, that is what is currently happening.
My friends and I researched this problem and soon found out that fast food companies are the number one user of disposable cups. At the majority of these fast food restaurants, the most popular drink size is 22 ounces. So we propose making a standardized reusable cup that can be used at all fast food chains. Think of this solution as the extension of the Starbucks reusable cups, applicable to all chains.
To promote the cup, the government can have a contest to have a logo on the cup.The government can give a sales tax break to people who use the reusable cups. Perhaps on Earth Day, restaurants can give drinks 50% off to people with reusable cups.On regular days, the restaurants could give 5% off a drink to promote the reusable cups. These are just some ways to promote this resolution.
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If we can even get a 10% adoption rate on this program, based on the old 2006 estimation, we will save 25,200,000 pounds of trash, conserve 400,000,000 gallons of water, prevent 650,000 trees from...
If we can even get a 10% adoption rate on this program, based on the old 2006 estimation, we will save 25,200,000 pounds of trash, conserve 400,000,000 gallons of water, prevent 650,000 trees from being cut, and conserve 488,400,000,000 BTU of energy per year.
We took this suggestion to our local government, but our local politicians were uninterested in helping because they did not recognize this as a problem. If we can get enough signatures on this petition, perhaps our government will recognize that this issue is a concern for many of us and act on it.