Proposal to Improve Recycling Habits in the City of Plano

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Proposal to Improve the Recycling System in the City of Plano, Texas

Darcy Dodson
Scientific and Technical Writing: ENV328
Instructor Victoria Schmidt
July 31, 2012

Table of Contents

Executive Summary...……………………………………………………..……………………3 Introduction………………………………………………………..……………………………..4
Problem.……………………………………………..…………………………………4
Solution………………………………..…………..…………………………………. 4
Objectives………….…………………….…………………………………………….4
Background……………………………………………………………………………5
Data Sources………………………………………………………………………….8
Scope and Limitations………………………………………………………………..8 Discussion………………………………………………………………………………………..9 Methods………………………………………………………………………………..9 Scheduling……………………………………………………………………………..9 Materials and Equipment…………………………………………………………….10 Conclusion…...……………………………………….………………………………………10 Glossary………………………………………………..….…………………………………...10 Works Cited…………………………………………………………………………………….11 List of Illustrations

Figure 1. Model Recycling Programs – Some Numbers and Descriptions………5 Figure 2. Generation and Recovery of Materials in MSW, 2009………………….7 Figure 3. Example of the Green Continental Curbside 14 Gallon Recycling Bin..9 Executive Summary

Everyday citizens of Plano, Texas are faced with the decision of whether or not to recycle. Without an adequate recycling system in the city, our immediate environment could face serious consequences. Statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that in 2009, the amount of trash sent to landfills nationwide averaged nearly three pounds daily, per person, in contrast to about one and one-half pounds of materials recycled (Environmental Protection Agency, 9). Recycling should come naturally to every citizen in Plano, Texas if they have proper resources to dispose of recycled materials in order to preserve our environment and to “keep Plano beautiful”. To improve our recycling system, the city of Plano, Texas needs to provide each household with four separate recycling bins, to encourage better recycling habits and to preserve our environment. The different recycling bins should be labeled as: glass, paper, plastic, and metals. The proposed changes will cost less than $50 per household and will help improve our environment, decrease the amount of recyclable materials that end up in landfills, and provide each citizen with a sense of satisfaction knowing that they played a part in the beautification of our city. Proven benefits of an effective recycling system are saving landfill space, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, savings in energy costs, and a boost in the economy.

Introduction

Problem
Our recycling habits in the city of Plano, Texas are currently not as effective as they could potentially be if we had a better, more thorough and organized recycling system provided by the city. As a citizen of Plano, I believe we have a responsibility to take care of the environment in which we live. If we do not “keep America beautiful” now, which is a popular motto Plano is using, then our sanitation and trash problem will become too overwhelming, out of control and beyond repair. According to the city of Plano’s Litter Prevention team, Research and experience prove that litter - intentional or unintentional pollution resulting from consumer waste products being carelessly handled or improperly disposed - attracts more litter. A clean community, by contrast, discourages littering and raises local living standards and quality of life (City of Plano, 2009). However, studies have shown with proper recycling systems, the environment and everyone in it will benefit from a greener lifestyle.

Solution
Problems in our environment can be solved by introducing a better recycling program into the everyday lives of Plano, Texas citizens. To increase the amount of trash which is recyclable to be disposed of properly and out the landfills, the city of Plano needs to provide each household with four separate recycling bins: glass, paper, plastic, and metals. Objectives

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