Since I have gotten to GMU, I have noticed a large amount of cigarette butts on the ground and not in the proper disposal bins. They have been on the sidewalk, in the grass, and even in the rain garden. Seeing all the cigarette butts everywhere just shows how lazy people are to go a few feet to dispose of them. I just want to go one day without seeing a single cigarette butt on the ground but it will take a lot of work in my opinion. I plan to bring awareness to this problem while I am in my waste management group. If awareness is brought to this, people will start to notice cigarette butts and hopefully become as disgusted as I am. What we are going to do is go around campus and collect cigarette butts that are in the ground and put them in plastic bags. We then plan to take all of them to north plaza and pile them up or create a giant cigarette to show people how many cigarette butts do not make it to the proper disposal bins. If we have people just throwing cigarette butts on the ground and not in the proper bins, there is the risk of burning down gardens, trees, or even buildings. If we had that happen then we could possibly lose healthy food for campus and would have to spend money to buy packaged food. Not properly disposing cigarette butts can have a big effect on the world, some people just do not know that. I just want people to see that there is a easier way to solve this problem, and its to walk 2 feet to the cigarette butts bin. This can be a much more safer and a cleaner solution in my opinion.
A reason why I think there are so many cigarette butts on the ground is because people are in college. They are away from their parents and do not have any rules to follow. Students do not have to hide when they are smoking because they are, in their eyes, free from consequences. Little do they know that when they are throwing those cigarette butts on the ground, they are killing the ecosystem slowly but surely. To conclude, I just want to bring awareness of this huge problem and to clean up George Mason University one cigarette butt at a time.