Even though our surroundings are beautiful, we still have problems with plastic waste. You see plastic when you visit Mill Creek, on Potato Salad Hill, and even at our beautiful national parks. When camping, some people just burn their trash, which pollutes our air. In addition, we see plastics at our community events, for example, during the car show we saw lots of garbage on Main Street. Also, when people are barbecuing during Jeep Safari they throw their wrappers on the ground. Trash is everywhere you look.
We can stop all of the littering in many ways. The first problem is that tourists don’t know where to dump their garbage. What Moab resident hasn’t had a tourist ask them where to get rid of their garbage? We can stop their littering if we post signs directing them to the recycling center, and we can put maps up in town showing them where to go to put their trash. Then they’ll stop littering and will stop putting their trash in businesses’ dumpsters.
In addition, we think Moab should ban plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, we should encourage people to use reusable water bottles. Cities like Mexico City and Concord, Mass., have bans on plastic products, and life is still going on there.
Here in Moab, Moonflower Market gives out fabric bags and cardboard boxes for free for people to carry home their groceries. We think that grocery stores should join Moonflower, or give discounts when people bring their own bags.
Moab is a beautiful place; we should keep it nice and clean and start using fabric bags and reusable water bottles. We need to help the tourists find proper ways to throw their garbage away, and recycle. Finally, we want stores to ban plastic bags, like Moonflower has already done, and we want fabric bags and cardboard boxes to be in every store. Also, we should ban single use water bottles, and encourage people to use re-usable water bottles.
—Kaylee Gilson, Ivan Elsberry,
and their sixth-grade HMK classmates