Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday last week the trash collection day was shifted from Friday to Saturday for our street here in Cardiff. Not wanting to be a bad neighbor by having the trash sit on the street for an extra day, I waited until Friday to put out the trash. Or, well, at least I intended to put the trash out on Friday, but Saturday morning around 7 am I heard the trash trucks driving by and realized I had forgotten to put the trash out. I raced downstairs but was too late. Oh my,Thanksgiving day trash and our bins are full to the brim. What are we going to do the rest of the week as we create more trash?
I was somewhat disappointed with myself for forgetting about the trash but it got me thinking how important trash removal is to our entire planet. In my novel The Power of Twelve, Arnold Wheeler Dealer refers to getting rid of undesirables as “taking out the trash.” Throughout the United States the problem of waste removal is becoming more and more problematic. We are running out of places to dump our trash and in some cities trash is being floated off to remote locations altogether. And no one wants to store nuclear trash.
With seven billion people on this planet (and growing) the problem of trash removal and disposal is not going to go away. The elimination of what no longer serves our physical body is essential to our individual health. Go to any hospital where there are people whose digestion organs are not working properly and you will find patients in great pain and suffering, many even close to death. (more…)