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Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More people must recycle

January 20, 2009

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Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

When people think about Lawrence, they usually think about the other things besides how lazy we are when it comes to recycling. We only have one-third of the Lawrence population involved in recycling.

To me Lawrence has a really low recycling percentage. If you look in the grade book, you’ll notice we have a failing grade. We have a 35 percent according to www.lawrencerecycles.org in recycling which disappoints me a lot. I had no clue that the percentage was so low.

If we only have 35 percent of the people in Lawrence recycling, that means we don’t have 65 percent helping. Most people I see on the streets litter with their plastic bottles, which means they don’t care about the environment. If the environment is harmed, then we are harmed too.

It is easy to recycle. Most people don’t understand that all you have to do is save, plastics, papers, cardboards, and glass. When your bin is full take it to the recycling station.

If the state wants more people to recycle, then the people of Lawrence need to know that there are 25 recycling stations. Some of the recycling stations are at stores in the parking lot, they look like big garbage bins.

According to the city of Lawrence website, in 2015 we are supposed to be at a percentage of 50 percent. We need to recycle more and waste less.

Maren Kahler,

Southwest Junior High

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