Schools help promote proper recycling

Ms. Ward's recycling bin in room F-206 promotes a beneficial way to properly dispose of waste.

Kaleb Clarke

Ms. Ward's recycling bin in room F-206 promotes a beneficial way to properly dispose of waste.

Austin Fraser, Reporter

In the last couple years, recycling has been a minor treatment to a huge problem. This problem happens at our homes, and just about any business or any house. Recycling is a way that we reuse certain materials. It is easy to do if we commit ourselves.

For years people has looked passed recycling. But the more they do that, the more they hurt themselves. In the last ten years, many of our cities have required that they have a recycling can, but that still doesn’t solve this problem. We have all of the resources necessary to recycle, but we seemingly think that we don’t have time for that.

“About 75% of waste is recyclable, but only about 30% of that is recycled”  according to dosomething.org. If we could bring that 30% up, we would instantly be in a better situation. But it has taken years for that 30% to get up to 30%. The main point to recycling is to preserve our world. If that is not taken seriously, and acted upon, imagine how much trash will be in landfills for future generations.

At the school, recycling usually is managed by the Key Club. The key club comes around and empties the bins from the classrooms, and takes them out to the recycling bin.

“In the year 2009, Americans recovered 34% of waste that was thrown away. Which means Americans threw away 161 million tons of material,”  states kab.org. This number has gone up since 2009, but that still would mean Americans were using 3 pounds of material per day.

In schools all over the world, there is recyclable material that is used nearly every single class. So the way to get people going on recycling could start in schools. If the practices of recycling are started early in life, then the statistics of how much material we recover will go up.

Since recycling started in 1970s, it has made a positive difference. Even though it was rare to see a household recycling plan in the average household in the 1970s, it still made a slow positive difference that has increased over time.

The recycling statistics of today continue to help the planet. The world will eventually bring up the good statistics that can be earned through recycling. But in one way or another, every single person has recycled. Using a plastic soda bottle to drink water out of when the soda is gone is a way of recycling.

The world would benefit greatly if the recycling statistics went up. Practicing at home would even help. Recycling keeps some materials out of landfills. And, that benefits the world, and the people who live in it.