Have you ever heard someone say that they regret recycling? Most would say that this question is ridiculous because there is no harm in recycling.
There is no such thing as throwing things “away.” When you throw an item away, it must go somewhere.
Emily Lewis, junior at New Haven High, recycles, along with the other 40% of New Haven residents.
“I think it’s good for the environment. We need to recycle to protect our future,” Emily reported.
Some would say that recycling could become more efficient with better technology.
“I do recycle and I believe it is very important, but we need better technology and infrastructure in order to make it as efficient as possible,” Darlene Cox said, Union, Missouri resident.
Olesya Thomas, 25 year old resident of Washington, Missouri, says, “I support recycling and think it is very helpful for the environment, but I don’t do it as often as I should because I don’t really know where to get a recycling bin from.”
New Haven actually provides free recycling bins. All you have to do is call or visit City Hall to ask for one.
Did you know you can actually make money from recycling certain items? Aluminum cans, scraps of metal, car batteries, ink cartridges, and electronics can be recycled in exchange for money or gift cards.
According to Conserve Energy Future, half a million trees have to be cut down just to produce the Sunday newspapers each week. Also, when we throw away aluminum cans, it can take 500 years or longer for them to decompose.
Aluminum can be recycled endlessly, so why not recycle and reuse your cans?
Many people don’t know which items can be recycled, and many people may think it’s a hassle to separate the different materials, but in New Haven, you don’t have to separate any of the stuff you recycle.
Furthermore, you can recycle a variety of items: plastics, paper, cans, and glass. You can recycle plastic bottles, jars, jugs, and food and beverage cartons. Different types of paper, such as newspapers, magazines, cardboard, paper towel rolls, mail, and phone books are also recyclable. Aluminum and metal cans, loose jar lids, aluminum foil, and glass bottles and jars are recyclable too.
There are very few items that cannot be recycled, such as clothing, styrofoam, and food waste. However, clothing items can be donated in order to be reused.
If you have never considered recycling, or if you never thought it would be worthwhile, you may want to consider it. You may earn some money in the process, but more importantly, it is great for the environment that you live in.
Be the change you want to see in the world.