Plastic soda bottles are dropped on the ground everyday . The soda is completely gone, but the bottles are just thrown away to decompose. The person doesn’t know that it will most likely take around 450 years for that bottle to completely biodegrade .
This one bottle alone will also contribute to the landfill’s large amount of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas. All of this could have easily been avoided using one method called recycling.Recycling should be common thing in every town or city, but the truth is that people don’t want to recycle. The most excuses people use are “there is no need to” or “not enough time”. It is important for the government to take a leadership roll in using education in schools, extra money, and making it easier so it will motivate the average American to recycle.A major problem with recycling is that only thirty percent of recyclable material is actually recycled. It’s obvious that the need for recycling isn’t common knowledge to most people .
The effects of this is being shown when looking at the environmental problems that we are currently facing in society today. Global warming is the biggest issue that can be slowed down with recycling. Global warming is when atmospheric gases such water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide increase in big amounts.These gases trap heat on Earth and increase the temperature around the world. Plastic created without the use of recycled material uses fossil fuels, which increases atmospheric carbon dioxide. Plastic that is not recycled and left to break down in a landfill contributes to the already highly potent amount of methane in the atmosphere .
Therefore, it is shown that recycling holds benefits to the issue of global warming. A good start would be educating children on recycling. Every state should have educational programs in the schools that deal with recycling .The education of students on this matter is up to the teacher’s discretion and what the parents teach their kids at home.This is simply not enough. Standards should be set by the state’s education department that require educators to teach about the benefits of recycling. This act would hopefully raise children who are more capable to recycle as adults.Some measures have already been taken to encourage recycling.
One is the California Refund Value Program (CRV). The CRV program provides a small amounts of money for recycling certain plastic, glass and aluminum soda cans to local garbage dumps. This program has resulted in nearly eighty percent of CRV eligible beverages recycled every year, but it only applies to beverage bottles or cans .
The idea of a money incentives could be applied to other recyclable objects, not only beverage bottles. The outcome of the CRV program in California is successful and should lead to similar programs being put together in other states that can possibly go nationwide. By providing money incentive, recycling would be done my more people