Recycling in Schools

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I hope to someday make a difference in the world, and what better place to start then to do an organized essay? (Just kidding, brain dumps are much better. But I had to write this for English and it turned out pretty good, though I would have liked to add more information to it.)

Submitted: November 07, 2011

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Global warming, over-polluted oceans, and our giant land-fill we call earth is a scary factor that haunts people’s minds, especially when they do not know how to help or what to do to fix it.  The Everyday Environment website took a poll to prove this fact.  Results concluded that only 53% of the nation is taking action to “Go Green”, and those who are not participating in these simple steps are choosing not to do so because of lack of knowledge on how to go by doing this while keeping a normal, steady life-style.  One of the most common ways people can help is by recycling.  The average American alone produces about 4.2 pounds of trash a day.  This adds up to almost 1.3 billion pounds of trash being produced on a daily basis.  70% of this trash can be recycled.

But the situation gets worse- as the trash is decomposing, it produces harmful toxins and wastes that pollute water and soil.  If the trash is burned, it lets out a toxic gas called Methane.  This gas erodes the ozone layer and is a leading cause to acid rain.  Acid rain can slow the rate of natural decomposition, meaning that the trash will have to be burned to make room for even more.This is why trash is one of America’s largest problems: it travels in a vicious cycle that only adds up as fast as the trash in our landfills do.  Recycling will not only reduce this cycle, but has many other benefits as well.  Schools should recycle to care for the earth, set a responsible example, and even earn money for themselves or for local or national charities.

God only gave us one earth.  Some people may argue that there are in fact other planets out there that we can eventually live on, but in reality, we never know when that may happen. 

For now, we need to focus on saving what we already have.  For example, if you have a regular tire and a spare, you still take care of the regular tire until you absolutely cannot do anything for it anymore.

You hear about people wanting their grandchildren see a polar bear.  This is a very valid point to bring up and is not as metaphorical as it first may seem.  NASA recently did a study and found that the polar ice-caps are melting at a rate of 10% per decade, much faster than previously thought.  At this speed, they will be completely gone in 100 years, adding 12.2 inches to the water level of our oceans today; which will be a cause to even more environmental problems.  Greenhouse gases, such as the methane previously mentioned, is at fault for this deadly situation.

As more and more people begin to recycle, less and less materials begin to be used.  The most common example of this is recycling paper means fewer trees are being cut down.  However, this works for everything you recycle.  Not only are you using less natural materials, but the gases produced by processing these materials are cut down as well.  It is these facts we need to teach our students.

When schools introduce recycling, students become engaged in the process of making a difference.  They learn how recycling works and how their community and can even see the benefits on a small scale, such as money to business, schools, charities, or even a simple peace of mind.  When students are active in this, they spread it to home life.  Larger, local businesses will see that recycling on a large scale is not as bad as they may have previously thought, and begin to participate in the action themselves.

The last reason why schools should recycle is because through the right programs, they can earn money for themselves, charities, or businesses.  Terra Cycle is a website where you can send in hard-to-recycle materials in exchange for points, which can be used to give money to the charity of your choice.  Public and private schools alike can use this money for various reasons.  If recycling becomes a major thing in not only the school, but the city, then maintenance and sanitation cost will dramatically be lowered. Cities can thrive off of this extra spare change, which comes back around to the schools.  Recycling in schools is very beneficial for everyone.

People may argue that recycling is expensive or a waste of time because students do not care, however, recycling is not as expensive as it may seem.  Cities usually offer free services to those who wish to have large bins put on their property and there is no cost in collecting the recycling itself.  As for the un-accepting students, you will have those in everything you try to put on them.  However, the majority of the students will accept recycling and even if you do have more than a few who do not, you will still be making a difference.  Recycling helps on any scale.

Global warming, landfills, and pollution will seem not as scary when we know that we are taking action.  Something becomes much easier to fight if you know you have chosen a side instead of standing on the side-lines.  When schools make the decision to recycle, they do just that.  By caring for God’s creation, setting a responsible example, and raising money, recycling in schools can help save the world.  



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