You watch as a recycling truck carries off material scraps. It is a heartening sight to see recycling centers of all kinds hard at work. You observe as scrap metals and tires, that might have taken up space in a city dump or incinerator, be carried off to its respective center, and knowing that it shall be re-used and spare a small burden on Earth makes you rejoice. However, as you draw near the center you notice billows of black smoke rise into the air. You stand there flabbergasted. You watch in disbelief as a facility designed to recycle materials in the interest of helping the planet is instead turning solid waste into another kind of pollution. This terrible scenario occurs more times than one might think. The noble enterprise of recycling materials that would otherwise be burned or used to further pollute the Earth is not completely dominated by those who have green views. Though recycling centers are thought to be pro environment, there are some that pollute and harm the community. Some recycling centers have rejected to work harmoniously with nature and instead further pollute the environment to the woe of the citizens who live around them. Whether to increase profits, productivity or just through ineptitude these "bad" plants are not true recycling centers, and should be shut down. The history of recycling stems from World War Two, when food, rubber, and metal were all being rationed. The government urged civilians to reuse material whenever possible. This trend was established more to limit waste than to take on a "greener" view of the environment, however. This trend to retain precious resources did not last though. At the conclusion of World War Two the U.S middle class experienced a great boom in growth and prosperity, which in turn caused further carelessness, waste, and a demand for newness that sharply and quickly harmed the environment(St. James). This age of wastefulness began to wane in the 1960's when Americans realized that, as...
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