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posted Dec 26, 2015, 4:34 PM by Jason Suter   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 7:36 AM by Sierra Stevens ]

By Kyle Krout 

On average, a typical citizen of the U.S. will produce around four pounds of trash on a daily basis. That equivocates to roughly producing around 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. The U.S. alone produces more than 478.5 million tons of trash yearly. All of that trash would be the same weight of about 240 million cars. This is a growing issue within the entire world and it is not going to solve itself. 

75% of what you throw out on a daily basis can be recycled, but we only recycle about 30% of this. We have all of the tools to recycle almost anything in this age, now it is your turn to step up and to start recycling. It may cause an extra trip a week, or for you to actually get up off of your couch, but eventually if this isn’t solved, your own backyard could become the landfill. Just recycling one single aluminum can will provide us with the energy to power your music device to play an entire album. 50 cans can light your room for over 2 weeks. Not only is it a physical problem, but it can also turn into a financial problem. The EPA estimates that we threw away over 600 million dollars worth of aluminum last year alone. 

Pennsylvania alone roughly produces 16 million tons of waste per year. We recycle about 4.7 million of that 16 million. However, about 9 million tons of waste yearly just from PA alone is entered into a landfill. 

I urge you, that whenever you are in school and you have a piece of paper that you are done with, use it again. If the paper has blank space on the back, use it as scrap. If the paper is double sided the least you can do is put it in the recycling bin. Hopefully from there the paper is recycled. 

This is not a useless act, I can assure you of this. The less we put in landfills, the longer our earth will be able to support us. To prove this, if you recycle a glass jar, within approximately 30 days, that glass jar that you recycled could be on a shelf being ready to be sold again. 

Recycling is a legitimate process that needs to be utilized more and more everyday. Our earth is as fragile as a clay jar, and we need to treat it like so. Always recycle in every situation you can. 


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