JESSIE CLEVENGER/ Staff Writer
The wooden recycling bins on Poway High School’s campus are rarely used and often forgotten about. The parking lots are littered with polar pops and miscellaneous items of trash. Plastic water bottles and other recyclable materials can be found in every corridor instead of the recycling bins. Nationalgeographic.com exposed the true horror of the lack of recycling in today’s world including that “If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.” Students need to consider the benefits of recycling and make a more conscious effort to do their part to save the environment.
Recycling leads to a cleaner campus and a more pleasant atmosphere for learning. It is a big distraction in class to have trash everywhere. Additionally, teachers may take time out of the class period to have students clean up this trash. If students begin to recycle more on their own, it would prevent this distraction and create a better learning environment for all. Teachers, staff members, and students all deserve to have a clean place to work and learn.
Recycling benefits the environment and animals because it lowers the danger of plastics and other trash items from affecting the area. This process helps the amount of trash, mostly plastic, from ending up in fragile ecosystems such as the ocean. Plastic items pose a very dangerous threat to all sea animals. For example, plastic items can be mistaken as food and even suffocate penguins and turtles. By recycling more, the negative environmental impact will be lessened. Plastic materials start to completely decompose in 400 years so reusing these materials would be beneficial. Also, reusing items and recycling them prevents more toxic chemicals from being omitted into the atmosphere.
Students will form better habits if they recycle more. By making the conscious effort to throw paper and plastic materials into the recycling bin instead of the trash, we can make a more conscious effort to recycle by always considering the material of what we are throwing away and putting it in the correct bin.by