Story last updated at 3/11/2009 - 10:58 am
Editor's note: This is part of a series of essays written by Floyd Dryden eighth grade students in Samantha Davis' class.
Recycling is not just for hippies anymore. Everyone wants to help save our planet one step at a time. In the past ten years, the U.S.'s total recycling rate has rose from a miniscule 11 percent to a booming 37 percent. More and more people are doing it now, and so should you.
Recycling saves energy. Paper that is recycled uses 50 percent less energy then non-recycled paper. It takes less energy to make products from recycled materials then raw or virgin materials, therefore recycling saves clean air and water. Did you know that recycling one ton of glass is more then 300 percent of energy savings? That is only one good reason for a good deed. Not only does recycling help save energy, but also reduces pollution to our precious homeland.
Recycling reduces pollution. It saves landfill space so we can reduce putting non-biodegradable garbage into our planet. Also, using recycled materials rather than virgin cuts down green house gas emissions. According to ccsoildwaste.org, recycling one ton of glass waste declines carbon dioxide admissions by 3.46 tons. In fact, you can even reduce the need to drill for foreign oil by recycling then re-refining used motor oil, making us less dependent on imported oil. So, in conclusion pollution isn't good for the environment, in fact it's the worst thing for it, but thanks to recycling we, the people, can help reduce our destructive behavior towards the beautiful nature.
Here is yet another reason that more people should recycle: it's good for the economy, helps you save money, and creates jobs. Who would've thought? A recent study of ten states in the vicinity of the northeast region found that more than 100,000 residents are presently employed in firms that process recyclables; that's many jobs that have been created from this industry. If you recycle, you're reducing the need to drill for more oil, that we don't have, by saving natural resources from making recycled products. Here's the good money making part: a little over $7.1 billion is added to recyclables (places where they recycle things into new products), in the northeast through processing and manufacturing.
Yes, it is a pain to go-through and sort all your garbage, but if you haven't noticed, Americans have grown lazy. Some people don't do it just because they don't want to take the time (which is about five minutes) out of their day to help save the Earth. I for one am not one of those people; are you?