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Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing
Samantha Yerkes
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Recycling, Reusing, Reducing
The amount of garbage that fills our trash each year is astounding. Did you know that each individual in the United States throws away 4 pounds of trash each day? That is 1,460 pounds each year. Americans are the number one trash offenders in the world. Americans do not dispose of all its garbage properly and efficiently. In the State of Iowa 1.2 Million, tons of materials are recycled in Iowa each year. Six hundred plus communities in Iowa has curbside recycling. Iowa’s citizens, local governments, business and industry have all been proactively working together to protect Iowa’s environment by reducing waste, recycling, and even manufacturing recycled goods and purchasing recycled products. This cooperative effort has built a great recycling industry in the state of Iowa that has created higher wage jobs and businesses. Iowa’s recycling industry generates $2.4 billion in annual industrial output and supports 11,400 jobs in the State. (iowadnr.gov). I have some ideas to make more efficient and effective ways to recycle, reduce, and reuse the garbage that we continue to contaminate our atmosphere and environment in the state of Iowa. Improving our air quality is a major and important factor in improving our everyday living. Poor air quality is unhealthy for everyone in the state, but especially for those who are children, senior citizens and citizens with respiratory conditions like asthma. With an improved air quality, we will see a significant drop in respiratory illnesses and an improvement in the environment among our wildlife and plant life. In order for Iowa to improve its air quality, we need to come together with communities, businesses, and organizations to provide the education and knowledge and tools necessary to come up with workable solutions to improve our air quality issues. Recycling is a major part of improving the conditions we live in on an everyday basis and is a major role in improving our lives. What is Recycling? Recycling is the process of taking used materials or resources and recreating it into more usable material. If we can educate Iowan citizens on how to recycle properly and give them the knowledge and education on how to improve their recycling habits on an individual basis, we can be sure to see marked improvement not only in their own lives but also in their communities. People need to be aware of where they can take their recyclables in their communities. This information needs to be readily available and accessible. Recycling in their neighborhoods, schools, parks, and public areas can lead to economic gain in Iowa, more jobs, and a continual effort towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Creating programs in Schools for children to be part of cleaning up the environment needs support and encouragement. Environmental programs need to be a priority, and need more support so that we can see an improvement in not only our environment and our atmosphere but also to grow unity within our communities and to see Iowa grow together towards the goal of a healthy, growing, and prosperous society. In order to grow more support for these programs we need to have more social functions and events that are readily available for communities to come and learn about recycling and what they can do in their everyday lives to be a part of creating a healthier environment for them and for their state. Simply throwing away bottles in the correct bin when out at the supermarket, or throwing your trash in a receptacle instead of outside your car window are simple steps anyone can take to begin to change the way that we have treated our environment. Even something as simple as throwing away trash you see on the ground is you making an effort towards improving the land, which you live on.

Reusing materials is another factor in improving our way of living. Plastic bottles are something that we have been reusing...
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