1. Some people say that recycling should be required by law. Others say that it should be a personal choice. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
It seems that every time one turns on the television they hear about something dealing with the environment, from global warming to pollution. It is a constant a reminder that what people do has a consequence to our planet. While some people do recycle, not enough is being done. We need to have more people recycle to have a better effect to the planet. This is why government needs to have mandatory recycling to not only better the earth, but to lessen our need for natural resources, reduce the amount of actual “trash” we put in landfill, and to help our economy by the creation of new jobs through the recycling project. One reason the government should enforce mandatory recycling is to reduce the amount of natural resources needed to make products. The recycling of plastic, paper, and aluminum can help to reduce the amount of petroleum, water, trees, and aluminum ore that would be needed to produce new products. According to the article “Recycling Facts,” by recycling one ton of paper products Americans can “save 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, and 7,000 gallons of water”. Along with saving trees by recycling paper, recycling aluminum can “save 37 barrels of oil” and recycling plastic can “save one to two thousand gallons of gas”. Another reason recycling should be required by law is to reduce the amount of trash the people put in landfills. If people are producing so much trash, where are they putting it all? They’re piling it up in landfills. The more trash producing the more space we need to put it. People should try to reuse, recycle, and compost everything they could to reduce the amount of actual “trash” that ends up in landfills. This would not only help the environment now, but keep it from being a crisis for future generations. Finally, the government...
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