Why Recycle?

By Luke C.

You probably know about recycling.  It’s the yellow plastic bin in your classrooms, the huge recycling centers you see around town, or maybe even the small triangle on your plastic water bottle.  But why are they there?  What good does recycling do?

Recycling is defined from dictionary.com as “to treat or process used or waste materials so as to make suitable for reuse”.  This means to process used materials to make it able to be used again.  This process is done at recycling centers that do this process.


But what good does it do?  Well, they reduce the amount of materials being used.  According to LBRE.Stanford.edu, recycling is “part of an ethic of resource efficiency – of using products to their fullest potential”.  For example, if we always recycle used paper instead of cutting down trees to make paper, the air will be fresher since there will be more trees.  This will have a positive impact on the environment, since there will be more trees to filter the Carbon Dioxide out of the air.

Another good thing is that it reduces the amount of landfills.  According to EPA.gov, recycling “Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities”.  Landfills are where trash gets dumped into a huge hole in the ground.  When it all fills up, they dig another hole and start all over again.  This is not good for the environment, since they produce methane, which helps to speed up global warming 20 times as much as carbon dioxide and can cause serious health issues.

Recycling can also make you richer.  In California, for each plastic water, glass bottle, or can you recycle, you get five cents.  This might not seem much, but ten thousand of these gets you five hundred dollars.  Plus, each container gets you five cents more than a non-recycled one.

You don’t have to be near a recycling center to do this.  Most homes have a blue trash can that you are supposed to put recyclable materials inside.  This works exactly like a trash can, but that the materials that get put in it get recycled.  At school, instead of putting all of you lunch in the trash, you can sort it out between recycle, compost, and trash.

If we do this, we can help cut down our waste and make the environment more clean.

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