SCI201 Ecology and Environmental Sustainability
June 18, 2014
Recycling Journal for the week of May 29 – June 4, 2014
Thursday - 2 cans, 1 newspaper
Friday – 1 newspaper, 1 plastic bottle
Saturday – cleaning out cabinets – old plastic containers, glass jars, coffee cans. Sunday – newspaper, plastic bottle
Monday – newspaper, 1 can, glass bottle
Tuesday - newspaper, glass bottle
Wednesday – newspaper, glass bottle
Totals for the week are:
Plastic – 5 bags
Glass - 4 bags
Cans – 2 bags
Used the newspapers for the rabbit room
The total population for Hoke County is 46,952
The amount I collected and then figured in how much people in the county would collect and take to the center. Plastic – 5 bags: 46,952 x 5 = 234,760
Glass 4 bags: 46,952 x 4 = 187,808
Cans – 2 bags: 46,952 x 2 = 93,904
How much trash could your community save in a year?
Total for the year: 516,472 x 52 = 26,856,544.
Do you think your community recycles enough? Judging by the amount of litter I see everywhere I go, I feel that most people do not care about their environment or the eco systems. They are too selfish to make the effort. One way the US Government could develop an incentive plan that when you take your items to the recycling center, that you get a receipt showing what you brought and receive points that can be used toward your utility bill. The point system would convert to dollars for this purpose. Many communities have recycling bins that the sanitation department picks up. The point system can be used with these as well. The workers could leave the slip in the bin for the customer. They could also make sure that all communities’ sanitation departments issue these bins. Consumers have several choices in how to recycle. You can take it to drop-off centers, curbside collection, and refund or deposit programs. There are three steps in recycling.
First step: after collection is done, the recyclables go to a recovery facility to be sorted and cleaned. They are then processed into materials that are used in manufacturing. The materials are then bought and sold like any raw materials for production. Second step: You will find that most of today’s products are manufactured with recycled materials. The most common are paper towels, newspapers, plastic, aluminum, glass soft drink containers, plastic laundry detergent bottles, steel products, car bumpers, cereal boxes, comic books, aluminum cans, egg cartons, nails, motor oil, and trash bags. Other ways that the materials are used are using recycled glass in asphalt for paving roads and using recycled plastic in park benches and carpeting.
Step three: Most products you buy are now made with recycled material. When shopping you can look on the labels to see if they are. By buying these products, you will help close the loop on recycling.
Other things that you can recycle are the wooden pallets that are used in shipping. You can be used in your gardens, people make furniture Tires are used in asphalt and used for shoring up areas of erosion. The overall benefits of recycling is that it will help to reduce the amount of trash and discarded items go to the landfills and incinerators. It will help to prevent pollution and help to not use new raw materials. Our natural resources like timer, water, and minerals will be able to be revitalized.
When it comes to saving energy, it will help to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are apart of the climate change. The main goal is also to help us to sustain the environment for generations to come. The job market also depends on recycling centers for paying jobs in that community.
There is one question we can ask ourselves. “Are we throwing away an energy solution?” If we were to burn all the waste in the landfills of the US, it would provide an extra 33 gigawatts-which is the equivalent of 33...
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