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November 26, 2013 > We need to recycle now

We need to recycle now

The average amount of waste generated by each person in America per day is 4.5 pounds. ThatÕs 1,643 pounds in a year and 114,975 pounds in a lifetime. Only of one quarter of the waste that could have been recycled, was actually recycled. While there is a problem on a global scale, we need to make a difference at the local level. School district policies are not very productive. We are given spork packets, including a straw and napkin, every day that are usually tossed in the trashcan after removing the spork. Salad is served in plastic bowls, with plastic forks and plastic dressing packets. Students are not taught how to compost or recycle properly. We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye toward this growing problem.

Landfills are responsible for the release of 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air, furthering the process of global warming. Without effective recycling, experts say that the United Kingdom will run out of places to bury their waste. Without recycling, our water will become contaminated. Without recycling, everyday resources will soon disappear. I do not see my high school promoting recycling or composting; we need to change our ways.

I encourage my fellow students to embrace recycling practices. Many schools have triple-bin systems for reuse of food scraps, waste, and plastics. Even though clearly marked, many students do not bother to put their food in the right place. Please spread the message of how important it is to keep our environment safe and clean by recycling. These changes and others such as conserving energy by walking to school with friends or carpools can go a long way in making a difference.

Rey Tang.
Student, Mission San Jose High School
Fremont




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