Why we should recycle!

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Sophia Milano

Carlita Blount

JaBriea Weaver

Molly Smedira

Background Information

  • Only 34.7% of people recycle

  • Recycling is a cycle where you process waste into things that can be used, which is usually decomposed

  • the most commonly recycled items are glass, paper, plastic, and metals

  • Most trash isn't worth recycling

  • Recycling in the US became popular in the 1960’s

Recycling Creates many new Jobs

  • Recycling is good because it creates more jobs in the community for people.
  • When there are more jobs offered then there are less people in the lower class. Also people earn money that they would not normally get.
  • While they are earning money from new jobs they are also cleaning the environment.
  • For example in Nigeria "In addition to reducing litter from PET bottles, the project employs an estimated 1,800 people, with many earning more than $6 a day”.

Electronics should be Recycled

  • People should recycle electronics because when they are thrown in the trash improperly they are separated into piles and eventually melted down.
  • Inside of the electronics there are chemicals, toxins, and substances such as, lead and mercury. when the electronics are melted down the chemicals, toxins, and harmful substances are released into the air people breath and cause health conditions such as cancer.
  • Sometimes before these electronics are melted down they are sent to developing countries to be melted down here which makes it harder for them to develop

We Should Recycle

  • Recycling is good because it helps make the earth a better place it helps the environment and saves animals and creatures on the earth.
  • It helps stop pollution and helps make the earth go green .
  • It reduces the need for landfills and environmental and industrial pollution.

Other side of the argument: Why we shouldn't recycle

  • People could argue that recycling doesn't help the environment as much as it says it does. Recycling costs a lot of money.
  • The city of New York spends 300 dollars more per ton of waste to recycle it. They then pay another 40 dollars per ton to pay a company to turn the waste into something else. This adds up to millions of dollars extra per year. In New York, about half of the budget for parks go to recycling.
  • There should be a cut in the city's recycling program because, many people think it doesn't help as much in the long run.

Work Cited



  • Bandow, Doug. "Recycling Does Not Conserve the Environment." Pollution. Ed. Tamara L. Roleff. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Our Widespread Faith in Recycling Is Misplaced." This Just In. 1997. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
  • Tierney, John. "The Reign of Recylcing." N.p., 3 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
  • "PET Bottles Recycling Generates 1,800 Jobs Across Value Chains." Africa News Service 2 Nov. 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 6 Nov. 2015.
  • Hershkowitz, Allen. "Recycled Materials Produce Less Pollution." Pollution. Ed. James Haley. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "In Defense of Recycling." Social Research (Spring 1998). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
  • "EDITORIAL: Reasons to recycle -- In Anniston and Oxford, opportunity exists to help our environment."Anniston Star [Anniston, AL] 11 Apr. 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.