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Recycling Efforts Need To Be Better

by Savannah Kreiser

Recycling has been made into a big event for everyone to take consideration of, but no one talks about how effective recycling actually is. Does recycling help the environment as much as everyone says? Or does recycling have a small impact on the world around us? How many people in the United States are actually recycling?

In the United States, everyone should be accounting for the things that can be recycled to reduce the amount of trash in the world. The EPA estimated that 75% of the trash that is thrown away can be recycled, but only 30% of it is actually being recycled. Recycling only one hundred soda cans would be enough energy to light your room for an entire two weeks.

Recycling is also an easy thing to be doing. It is an easy way to help preserve our earth and to make it a less trashy place. Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling. This means that the only thing that over 87% of the population would have to do is sort their trash before they throw it away.

Recycling 75% of the waste that can be recycled, will create 1.5 million jobs by the year 2030. It also reduces pollution, saves water and energy but not everyone knows all of the things in a household that can be recycled. Here’s a list of ten things that you probably didn’t know you could be recycling:

  • Soap remnants
  • Pet hair
  • Yoga mats
  • String lights
  • Trophies
  • Batteries
  • Makeup
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Video Games
  • Bicycles

If you put together all of these objects that are not being recycled, a huge impact would be made on the world by conserving energy, water, reducing pollution, and creating many future jobs. In America, recycling should be one of the most important things that we incorporate into our daily lives.

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The student-run, student-edited newspaper of Central Dauphin High School. Adviser - Mr. Mark Britcher Editors-in-Chief - Elizabeth Ebert, Senior, and Cleo Robinson, Senior

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