Recycling

Allie G.

7th grade

 

 

Research Paper

 

Recycling

     Imagine-you have just finished drinking your favorite soda. When you go to throw it away, you have two choices: a gray bin, containing apple cores, used napkins, and other garbage, or a blue bin with cans just like the one you are holding. Which will you choose? The right choice would be to recycle the can. Although there are many reasons for recycling, it is essential that humans continue their efforts in this process for the safety and existence of our planet.

     There are multiple places that so recycle, all of which may do it differently. For example, Portland, Oregon, has many recycling bins, even in grocery stores. In Gallup, New Mexico, a program exists in which one cent is given for every pound of plastic bottles recycled. Most states provide recycling statistics for public review. There are roughly, 8,550 curbside recycling programs in the United States. There are also approximately 3,470 composting programs where organic items, such as leaves, grass, and some foods, can be recycled. About sixty-two percent of all yard waste is composted (United...). Most jars and bottles contain at least twenty-five percent recycled glass. Americans go through about twenty-five billion bottles per year (“Plus One...”). Fifty percent of all paper products are recycled. That is about forty-two tons (United...). All of the junk mail Americans receive in one day could be burned and produce enough energy to heat about 250,000 homes. One American can use an average of 100 gallons of water a day. About seventy-five percent of water used in our homes is used in the bathroom. When a person takes a bath, they are using about seventy gallons of water, while if they take a five-minute shower, they are using only ten to twenty-five gallons. By letting the faucet run for five minutes, energy equal to a sixty-watt light bulb running for fourteen hours is used. An average washing, machine uses forty-one gallons of water, but a high-efficiency one uses twenty-eight gallons less per load. About fifty-six billion kilowatt hours per year is being used by American public water supply and treatment facilities (“Plus One...”). All the resources being used by Americans can be decreased if recycling continues.

     Recycling helps our planet in countless ways. It protects United States manufacturing jobs (Recycling…), and it is very economical to recycle (Gutnik). Also, it conserves natural resources and helps to preserve the environment (Recycling...). Paper recycling can save forests, while recycling plastic saves energy, money, and landfill space (Chandler). By reducing the amount of energy being used, through recycling (Recycling...), we can reduce air and water pollution (Gutnik). Recycling decreases the amount of greenhouse gases (Recycling...) and gases that may result from the disposal of waste (Bryan). By recycling, waste can be cut by twenty percent. Recycling programs can help clean waste out of streams (Stefoff).  It reduces the need for land filling (Recycling...). The land used for landfills could be used for agriculture or wilderness areas (Gutnik). By reducing computer equipment, it can be kept from being put into landfills, where it might spend forever underground, much like styrofoam or plastic products (Chandler). These products take hundreds of years to decompose (Gutnik). Recycling really does help our planet.

     Studies have shown that people do recycle for numerous reasons. It may be required by law an area that they have recycling programs (Stefoff). Many countries require, or at least encourage that businesses purchase products made from recycle material (Bryan). Another reason is that it is a way to become actively involved in a community (Gutnik). People may recycle because it makes them feel good about themselves. It may make them feel like they are doing something good with their lives (“Plus One...”). In most cases, it costs less money to recycle products than to make new products (Gutnik). Recycling efforts could be combined with other social concerns, too. Some drop-off centers can be organized by environmental organizations (Stefoff).  Most people would not think it, but teenagers actually have most of the power against thing like global warming.  They will feel the effects of global warming the most and hopefully be motivated to prevent it (“Plus One...”).  In addition, materials can be reused to help keep them out of landfills.  For example, some recycled material may be used to make different clothing.  People can use rubber to make bags instead of using vinyl or plastic (Chandler).  Bottles and jars may be used to store things such as pins, buttons, and other items.  Those bottles and jars can be used as pencil holders, piggy banks, bird houses, and bird feeders and plastic trays can be used as paint trays and plastic caps could be used to make a checker set (Gutnik).  There clearly are many reasons for recycling.

     Although there are numerous actions already taken to help the planet, there are still things that could happen.  If the air, water, and land do not stay clean, possible sickness caused by pollution could develop (“Plus One...”).  When landfills break down, they create methane and sulfurous gases.  Beside their bad odor, the gases are highly explosive and can be very dangerous (Chandler).  The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queen College in New York noted that about eighty-eight percent of solid waste could be recycled if people were motivated (Stefoff).  If the amount of garbage is reduced by recycling, landfills could not be filled up as quickly and lessen the need for more of them (Chandler).  There are several ways to protect the earth’s future from harm.  Compost piles can be started in backyards for old, leftover food and yard waste instead of throwing it away.  Junk mail can be reduced.  The way to do this is to ask to be removed from mass-mailing lists.  Magazine subscriptions that are not read much by humans can be cancelled.  Products can be bought that are well-made and will last, and reusable items instead of disposable items should be purchased.  Choosing products with less packaging, or no packaging, is beneficial.  For example, choosing fresh fruits and vegetables, will save packaging.  When people shop, they can use string or canvas bags instead of plastic bags.  As well, car tires can be properly inflated so they will last for a longer period of time and not end up in landfills.  To help more, people can learn about recycling in their neighborhood and attempt it more often (Stefoff).

     All in all, recycling is important to the earth.  Anyone can recycle.  Whether you are a kid, an adult, or even an elder, everyone can do little things to help save the planet.  The earth can be a very delicate thing, so think about it the next time you are done with that can of soda.  Are you going to throw it away, or recycle it?  Although there are many reasons for recycling, it is essential that humans continue their efforts in this process for the safety and existence of our planet.

 

 

 

Fine Art Connection

 

 

 

These sculptures relate to my topic of recycling because they are made of all recycled material. Robert Bradford, the artist, used recycled plastic items to make these. Some of his sculptures include pieces from almost 3,000 plastic toys. These sculptures are just several of the many things you can make with recycled material. This way of creating sculptures makes looking at garbage pleasing to the eye. It is a way to express yourself while helping the planet.

 

By: Robert Bradford

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Connection

 

 

Haiku Recycle Wizardry

 

Recycle…. Save the earth.

Save mankind’s future with the

Magic of no waste

 

 

 

        This poem is relevant to my topic because it explains the power people have if they recycles. It says that people can “save mankind’s future” by recycling. Similar to what I said about the photograph, the earth could turn out to be a disgusting and dirty place, filled with garbage of all kinds, unless humans start to recycle. What Hall is trying to say is that recycling can be a magical thing. It says that recycling can be a magical thing. It keeps items such as glass, plastic, and aluminum from being put into landfills and destroying our planet­­. Recycling really could change the future of the earth.

By: Ken E. Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Connection

 

The Three R’s- Mitchel Musso

3 it's the magic number
Yes it is
It's the magic number
Because 2 times 3 is 6
And 3 times 6 is 18
And the 18 letter in the alphabet is R
We got three R’s
Were going to talk about today
We got to learn to reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Because 3
And am saying 3
3, 6, 9, 12, 15
18, 21, 24, 27
30, 33, 36
And 33, 30, 27
And 24, 21, 18
15, 12, 9, Say 3
It's the magic number
Yes it is
It's the magic number
We got to learn to
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce
Reuse, Recycle
Recycle, Recycle
It's the magic

Reduce, reuse, recycle

 

 

     This song is related to my topic because it talks about the three things we need to do to help save the planet. The three R’s Mitchel Musso talks about are to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The repeating of the three words is mostly because they want to get people to remember it. Also, this song talks about how much recycling helps the environment. If you really pay attention to the song, you can see that it is trying to give you the idea, that if people take the time to do those three little things, then our planet can be a cleaner, healthier place.

Click here to listen to “The Three R’s”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography Connection

 

 

 

 

     This photograph relates to my topic of recycling because it shows workers separating recyclables from other trash. This is a process that would be much easier if people just recycled in the first place. If people recycled more, then there would be fewer bottles and cans, and these people would not have to go through all of this garbage. This photograph, taken by Peter Essick, shows just how important recycling is to our planet. Without recycling, our planet would probably look as bad as the conveyor belt you see above.

 

Recycling: The Big Picture

 

Photograph by: Peter Essick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

Bryan, Harvey. "Recycling." World Book Encyclopedia. 16th ed. 2010.

 

Chandler, Gary, and Kevin Graham. Recycling. New York: Twenty-First Century, 1996.

 

Gutnik, Martin J. Recycling: Learning the Four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. Hillside, NJ, U.S.A.: Enslow, 1993.

 

"Plus One Person, plus One Person ... All Add up to a Healthier Planet." Weekly Reader Jan.  2010.

 

"Recycling | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA." U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 04 Mar. 2010.          <http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/recycle.htm>.

 

"Recycling Facts." College of Arts and Sciences & Conservatory of Music - Oberlin College. Web.  05 Mar. 2010.          <http://www.oberlin.edu/recycle/facts.html>.

 

Stefoff, Rebecca. Recycling. New York: Chelsea House, 1991.

 

"United States Recycling Statistics - LoveToKnow Green Living." Web. 05 Mar. 2010.           <http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/United_States_Recycling_Statistics>.

 

       "12 Most Creative Recycled Sculptures - Oddee.com." Oddee.com - A Blog on Oddities: the Odd, Bizarre and Strange Things of Our World!          Web. 05 Mar. 2010. <http://www.oddee.com/item_96860.aspx>.

              

"   .    ...Haiku Recycle Wizardry by Ken E Hall." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine. Web. 05 Mar. 2010.      <http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/haiku-recycle-wizardry/>.           

 

    "   High-Tech Trash - Recycling: The Big Picture -." National Geographic Magazine. Web. 05 Mar. 2010.          <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/01/high-tech-trash/recycling-text>.

 

"       The Three Rs Lyrics MITCHEL MUSSO." Lyrics and Albums. Web. 05 Mar.         2010.   <http://www.lyricsreg.com/lyrics/mitchel+musso/The+Three+Rs/>.