The Effects of Recycling

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The effects of Recycling

The effects of Recycling
How many times were we asked when kids to take out the trash? With so many changes taking place with our environment, we may be asking our kids one day not only to take out the trash but, did you separate it? In one year’s time Americans generates 210 million metric tons of garbage. To put that estimate into perspective, that weight is the same as 4,837 Titanic’s. Unless America takes more of an initiative to recycle, there won’t be much of an America left tomorrow. We all need to do our part to help save the environment and recycle more. Everyone knows how important it is to recycle in this day in age. The time has come that recycling is not just an option, but a necessity. People believe that recycling is a hassle; however it is very easy and necessary. Recycling can also be a benefit to offset the taxes on aluminum and plastic bottles. It has become unavoidable because of the closure of many landfills and the damage they cause to our environment. According to the EPA, in 1960 each person in the US only generated 2.68 pounds of waste. In 1970, the figure was 3.25. However, Americans’ recycling has improved since 2000 when the average American generated 4.65 lbs. of waste per day, and only 29% was recycled. Also in 1980, 89% of Americans’ waste went to a landfill, while only 54% met that fate in 2008. Landfills have decreased in number from 20,000 in 1978 to 3.091 active landfills reported today. “..82% of surveyed landfill cells had leaks while 41% had a leak area of more than one square feet,” according to Leak Location Services, Inc. (LLS) website (March 15, 2000). When waste is decomposed in landfills, it releases methane, which can kill vegetation and spread diseases such as hepatitis. To manage the growing volume of solid waste it is crucial we turn to alternative methods such as recycling, such as aluminum cans or plastic bottles which can be recycled curbside in most cities, or turned in to a...
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