Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Recycling makes a difference

January 20, 2009


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

To the editor:

I believe that we should have a better recycling program. People throw away a lot of waste but what they don’t know is that most of that really is not waste. Most of what we call waste are valuable resources like glass, plastic, metals, paper, and cardboard that can be used again to make new things.

Here are some interesting facts from about how much a difference recycling makes:

•Recycling one jar saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for at least about four hours

•Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for at leas about three hours

•About one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and creates five times more jobs than one ton of paper made from virgin wood pulp

I hope that the information you just read will convince you to recycle.

I understand that many people work and think that they don’t have time to recycle, but my family works a lot too, but even with just recycling the pop can you are drinking out of that will help a lot. It does not take much to help. So think about it. Recycle what you can, when you can.

Samantha Zuniga,

Southwest Junior High


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 3 months ago

Samantha, too many products are made of plastic that last forever. Why when they are meant to be thrown away? That doesn't make sense. In addition to recycling, products need to be made of biodegradable materials.

ClearPerspective 9 years, 3 months ago

Samantha makes a great point. Many things can be recycled with a cradle to cradle perspective while many biodegradable products only have a cradle to grave prespective. I recommend the book Cradle to Cradle as well as Silent Spring and the website to learn more.

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