Posted by Heather on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 8:23pm.
Can anyone read this and add some to it. It is suppose to be 1750 words but I ran out of things to say. Any help would be appreciated.
The environmental problem I am going to be discussing is recycling. The reason I chose this topic is because I
think it is a very important issue that needs to be addressed. In this paper I will be discussing a detailed description of the
problem with recycling. I will also be talking about strategies and solutions, so we can overcome and help make the world a
safer place to live in by recycling. There are three steps to recycling and they are reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The first step is reducing the things you use. This is the most important step because the less you use the less you
have to throw away. It is better to recycle than to throw something away. You donít have to waste things, so if you donít
need it donít buy it. Some examples of reducing is if your phone is charged don Ďt plug it up, if you are not using lights cut
them off, and if you are going to the store and it is close to your home walk instead of drive.
The next step is reuse. There are some things out there that you have bought that can be reused. Sometimes instead
of reusing them you throw them away. It takes energy to do this, so it is better to reuse a product instead of recycling
it .Some examples would be when you take a bath or shower hang your towel up and reuse it the next day, if you take a
bath every day, try filling up a basin and wash off instead of taking a shower. This limits the amount of water you use and
will help cut down on your electric bill as well, especially if you have a big family.
The last step is to recycle. Recycling means to take a product that you are not using anymore and make another
product out of it. Recycling is important because it helps our environment and helps preserve resources. There are many
products that can be recycled. Cans, bottles, and paper are just to name a few that can be reused after they are recycled. You
as a consumer need to know what you can and canít be recycled. If you know this it will make it easy for you.
There are many landfills that are overflowing and this has been an issue for a long time, not just for the US, but the
entire world. A lot of what we throw away is contributing to this problem. The US alone has 3,091 active landfills and over
10,000 municipal landfills, where their water and air emissions can be dangerous to our health. Many countries are trying to
come up with a solution to manage solid waste. There are products that are being thrown away and going to our landfills
that can not be broken down, it just sits in our landfills. Plastic bottles and diapers are just a few of these products that can
not be broken down. I canít imagine all of the plastic bottles and diapers that are just sitting there in our landfills. This is a
big problem and why our landfills are so full today because these products canít be broken down.
We have to come up with a plan where we can correct this problem. Another problem is people are throwing away
electronics and these contain mercury and lead. Instead of throwing these items away you could have a yard sale and sell
them, or donate them to a church or school that might need them. It is up to everyone to come up with a plan so that we can
manage our waste. We have to come up with a plan and make sure pollution rates are lowered and come up with other
solutions that could help our environment.
I would first start my plan by holding community meetings in my neighborhood so that I can spread the word to
other people who do not recycle. I would let them know how important this is and would ask them to get involved in my
plan so we can travel to other places and reach out to other people as well. I would let people know how important this is
for the future and our environment as well. If someone didnít understand, I would show them and tell them the ways that
we recycle, so that we are not wasting things. I would ask them if they have any questions or let them give their opinions on
how we can spread the word about recycling. We would talk about how we can all work together to reduce solid waste and
prevent our landfills from overflowing.
I would hold a fundraiser to make money for research about recycling. After talking to other people and after the
Community meetings, I would give them information, so that that could read up on recycling to understand it more and
what it is doing to our environment. Every place that I went to talk to people I would talk to people about becoming
sponsers to help support the cause and help with funding about recycling. I would hold meetings at least once a week and if
I had to travel, then I would let them know to call me a few days ahead of time.
I could hand out pamphlets with information about recycling and hand them out in the community for them to read.
They could pass the information on to their family, friends, and co- workers and they could read it and pass it on. When I
have a lot of people helping spread the word about this issue, then it want take long for other people to join in and help start
spreading the word. The government needs to get involved and help the US with solid waste issues. They fund money for
other countries to help them, so they need to step up and help us also. They could do some of the funding for the research
and that would help us out. We can then be sponsoring other people and try to get as many people as we can to join in our
campaign to reduce solid waste.
I would try to reach everyone that I could about this problem and get other people to help me spread the word
about recycling. The more people I have on my side helping me, the better we will be helping our environment for the
future. If I told people about the way our landfills looked by showing them pictures, or even better taking them to see a
Landfill that is overflowing, then I thinks this would show people what is happening.
I might have problems trying to get people to change their way of living, but once they understood how important
this is not only to us but our children as well, then they might change their ways. It might also make them start volunteering
their time to start spreading the word about recycling and this will make them feel like they are helping our environment. If
we all try and work together so we all can make a difference in this world and help the environment, and then our world
would be a better place.
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