This site is created and maintained by Professor Ron Yengich and his students in Honors 3374 - Trial Rights of the Accused at the University of Utah
. It is dedicated to the study of the Joe Hill case and its relevant peripheral information. To date we have collected some of Joe Hill's songs, quite a number of newspaper articles on Joe Hill, and links to other Joe Hill sites. The summary sketches of Joe's biography, the IWW, Utah in the 1900's, the Joe Hill case and other relevant topics are the work of the students involved in the project.
The development of recycling does not follow
At least 8.8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year worldwide, the equivalent of a garbage truck being dumped into the sea every minute. All plastics, including those thrown on land, are likely to end up in the ocean, via rivers, for example. At the current rate, the amount of plastic poured into the ocean could reach 53 million tonnes per year in 2030, or half of the total weight of fish caught in the ocean annually. Scientific research has shown that hundreds of species are likely to get caught in plastic waste or ingest microplastics. If the production of plastic has exploded, especially since the 1980s, the development of recycling has not followed.
Identify the biggest sources of waste
Recent research reports recommend developing a national strategy in the United States by the end of 2022. It details several axes to tackle this waste management problem, for example by establishing a limit for the production of non-recycled plastic, by better capturing plastic from the environment, or pushing the development of substitutes. Scientists also recommend better collecting data on the generation of plastic, for example by identifying the biggest sources of waste. This is the most comprehensive and damning report on plastic pollution ever published according to the president of the association Beyond Plastics. We can no longer ignore the role of the United States in the plastic pollution crisis, one of the greatest environmental threats facing our oceans and our planet today according to the director of campaign on plastics within the NGO Oceana.
Pollution: the United States, the biggest producer of plastic waste
Each American generates 130 kg of plastic waste, compared to 98 kg for a Briton or 43 kg for a Frenchman, indicates an expert report written at the request of the American Congress. Globally, 8.8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year. The United States is, by far, the country contributing the most to plastic pollution in the world according to this report which calls for developing a national strategy to address it. In total, the United States generated about 42 million tons of plastic waste in 2016, more than twice as much as China and more than the countries of the European Union combined, according to this analysis from the National Academies of Sciences. But the United States represents less than 5% of the world's population.
On average, each American generates 130 kg of plastic waste per year, the second position going to the United Kingdom, with 98 kg per year per person. In France, the average is 43 kg. The success of the miraculous invention of plastic in the 20th century has also produced a global deluge of plastic waste everywhere we look. From Myrtle Beach waste management to Chicago recycling pros, junk disposal experts are calling the problem an "environmental and social crisis". The owner at a Charlotte waste disposal company said he thinks this is an emergency if the USA wants to reduce pollution and provide a sustainable environment for future generations.
Or take Connecticut as another example. The city of New Haven, CT is leading the way when it comes to waste management and sustainability initiatives. In recent years, the city has taken many steps to reduce the amount of waste it produces and to ensure that it is managed in the most efficient and eco-friendly way possible. One of the most important steps New Haven has taken is to enact a comprehensive recycling program. The city has adopted a “pay-as-you-throw” system, which requires residents to pay a fee for the amount of trash they generate. This encourages residents to reduce their waste and recycle more often. The city also operates a curbside collection program for recyclables and compostables, which makes it easy for residents to properly separate and dispose of their waste.
In addition to its recycling program, the city has implemented a number of other green initiatives, such as composting food waste and encouraging the use of reusable bags. The city has also made it easier for residents to donate unwanted items by partnering with local charities and organizations that accept donations. Finally, New Haven has taken steps to reduce its reliance on landfills by launching a waste-to-energy program. This program uses local waste to generate electricity, reducing the need for fossil fuel-based energy and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. New Haven’s commitment to sustainability and waste management is an example for other cities to follow. By taking a holistic approach to waste management, the city is leading the way in reducing its environmental impact and creating a more sustainable future.