Should Recycling Be Required by Law?

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PRO MANDATORY RECYCLING
* "Recycling is so beneficial for our planet that it should definitely be required. In an ideal world, everyone would voluntarily recycle, but let's face it: That's never going to happen. It makes me so angry when I watch students in my school throw their plastic water bottles in the trash can when there is a recycling can right next to it! * "Nearly 70 million tons of material are kept away from landfills each year thanks to recycling, according to the National Recycling Coalition. * "If we have just 30 percent of the population recycling, we'd reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as if we removed 25 million cars from the road! Imagine how many greenhouse gas emissions we could get rid of if everyone recycled. * "It's so easy to recycle, and if more people do it, then it becomes more cost-effective. Some people against mandatory recycling say that it's costly, but recycling is a less expensive process if more people are involved. In fact, two years after New York City decided that mandatory recycling was a drain on the city — costing $40 million — they discovered that a redesigned, more efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million! New York City has now signed a 20-year recycling contract. * "We need to get more cities and states on board with mandatory recycling. In addition to helping the environment, recycling programs help stimulate the economy by creating more jobs. The benefits of mandatory recycling far outweigh the drawbacks, and it's up to you, CosmoGIRL! readers, to get your cities on board! Write to your local official and let her or him know how you feel about mandatory recycling. Your actions can make all the difference!" —Laura Carusco, 18, New York City, NY

ANTI MANDATORY RECYCLING
* "Mandatory recycling is one of the newest fads in the 'go green' movement. But what you may not realize is that it's also one of the most costly and wasteful activities to infiltrate America....
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