Persuasive Speech

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Laura Boreen
Neilson
Intro to Public Speaking
14 November 2010

Persuasive Speech
Reduce Landfill Waste by Reduce, Reuse and Recycling and the financial benefits

I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter: Over half of the waste that ends up in the landfill does not belong there because it could have been recycled or reused.

B. Credibility Statement: Not only do I religiously practice reducing, reusing, and recycling, but I have done a great deal of research for this speech, also research for a recycling project in my Human Concerns Class.

C. Significance/Identification Statement: The survey that I conducted with this class concluded that every one of us acknowledges that recycling is beneficial, yet only 60%, a little over half, of us actually do.

D. Thesis Statement: When I am through with this speech you will be convinced that reducing, reusing and recycling will keep unwanted items out of the landfill, can easily be done and while implementing the 3 R’s reduce, reuse, recycle can make and save you money.

E. Preview Statement: I will present the current problem of overusing landfills, offer specific ways to implement the 3 R’s: and how the 3 R’s can benefit your financial situation.

Connective: First let us look at the landfill. Or as Daniel Pike in the state journal register calls it “the graveyard of a disposable society.”

II. Body
A. Consumers are quick to buy and do not think when it comes time to dispose of the waste. 1. According to factmonster.com 62% of municipal waste is dumped in the landfill. A single individual contributes roughly 4 pounds of that waste per day. In that waste you’ll find tons of glass, tons of paper and cardboard; also enormous tons of food residues, yard trimmings, textiles, and plastics currently, there are over 3,000 active landfills in the US. 2. A series on the history channel called “”life after people” discusses how varies landmarks, the environment, and certain “stuff” will look like or be like when this earth is no longer inhabited by people. Though I won’t share my views on the particle subject, I did find the episode about waste very empowering. I would like to share that with you. www.history.com/shows/life-after-people/videos/life-after-people-trash

Connective: Now let’s look at ways to keep waste out of the landfills.

B. The answer to help alleviate the overuse of landfills are reducing, reusing, and recycling of waste. 1. Reducing your waste should be thought of first. If you don’t have the waste to begin with than you don’t have to worry about where it is going to end up. According to Monique Beaudin, who wrote the article “Putting the first “R” into action; using the ‘Reduce’ step makes a bigger impact than you would think.” Printed in The Gazette, 2010 “Reducing is often in the shadow of the easier R-recycling. One specific way that will reduce waste is coming up with the holidays. Giving gifts can produce lots of waste whether it be, packaging of the item and/or the wrapping paper around the packaging. In the same article mentioned above by Monique Beaudin, she encourages holiday shoppers to buy less packaged gifts and give an experience, such as concert tickets for a gift. Therefore saving waste. Something to also consider when being mindful of reducing is buying bulk food items. This will help eliminate packaging waste and will usually be cheaper per ounce. Saving you money. Buying bulk will also help you with food waste. The important thing to remember when you want to save money and eliminate waste by buying bulk is to prepare a meal plan before you buy. A meal plan will encourage you to eat at home reducing the temptation of eating fast food resulting in wrappers that will end up in the trash. When I do my meal planning for the week I will always leave a few lunches and a dinner slot open for leftovers, so...
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