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The problem of nylon in our sewage treatment system can be easily solved. All we have to do is stop letting baby wipes and dental floss go down our pipes. If we stopped these nylon blues, imagine what we could do.
“It is very gratifying that youngsters are taking an issue on this,” said Mr. Pearsall. “Major changes can be made if we could eliminate these nylon products from sewage flows. It would save our business and tax payers a lot of money, taking a huge step out of the process.” Mr. Pearsall continued, “ It is both an environmental problem and a money saving problem. If the workers at the plant were not tending to problems with nylon in the machines, they could have been cleaning the filter or skimming the tank which helps the environment.”
Floss your teeth and use your wipes. But remember if you look at your sink or toilet move your head and hands toward the trash can instead. How you dispose of your household products has a direct impact on our environment and your pocket. Let’s work together and make a difference.
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Karis Lynch, Emma Nastro and Connor
Mangan are sixth-grade Oceanside Project Extra students. They are involved in the Siemens “We Can Change the World” Challenge, a premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project based learning, the students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet.