Friday, February 19, 2010

Why do I recycle?

I recycle for all the reasons we have learned about from elementary school. I recycle because it reduces energy usage, money and amount of pollution. On top of those things it preserves wild life, natural resources and land space. Basically to sum it all up, it is to save the earth.

We all know what recycling does and why it is important, but for me it is a lifestyle. I grew up in a home with multiple recycling bins for cans, glass and newspapers. If I ever decided to throw a glass bottle away in with the non recyclable trash, I would be told to dig back through the garbage and pick it out. Then I would always think to myself, what is the big deal? It is one bottle, chill. However, I have learned that it was not about that one glass bottle. It was about the bigger picture. That if I always allowed myself to be in a mindset of “what does it matter?” I would have never continued recycle.

Then I came to college. No more parents telling me what I had to do. Now it did not matter what I did with my trash, I could leave it on the floor if I wanted. It seems though that I was recycling without even realizing it. It was like programmed in me! Soon enough just from being around me, my friends were beginning to recycle as well. Hopefully I can have the same impact on you!

So here is your first task...
before you go to throw something away, check to see if it can be recycled if so put it in a separate bag or trashcan and start making a difference.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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