Recycling is a simple concept. Turn your unwanted materials into something useful.
But people are getting lazy.
I can’t drive down the road without seeing a cup or a bag lying lifeless on the road. It’s sad and disappointing that even now, with the hype of global warming, people are littering mindlessly, not even giving it a second glance. Sometimes, if there is no one behind me, I will get out of my car and pick up the trash.
It’s disgusting that people think it’s ok to throw their waste on the streets, while those are many of the same people who “oppose” it. The trash we throw onto the streets have long term effects on our planet. From traveling through storm water systems into our oceans and bays, harming and killing wildlife, to having negative effects on our health by the spreading of bacteria.
Not to mention that litter looks repulsive and also takes a long time to decompose.
-Banana — 3 to 4 weeks
-Paper bag — 1 month
-Cigarette butt — 2 to 5 years
-Tin can (soup or vegetable can) — 80 to 100 years
-Aluminum can (soda pop can) — 200 to 500 years
-Plastic 6-pack rings — 450 years
-Plastic jug — 1 million years
-Styrofoam cup – Unknown
-Glass bottle — Unknown
By just dropping your junk in a green bin you can help prevent global warming, save energy and reduce the amount of harmful toxins released into the environment. Recycling also has economic benefits such as creating jobs and saving money.
So think again before you throw your coke bottle out the window, it will be there for awhile.
By Katlin Blake