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Emily Crew Professor Margret SeelieSeptember 27, 2015English 104Recycling In recent years, the idea of recycling has become more and more popular. In schools, they teach young kids the importance of reusing materials and creating less waste to improve our environment. Composting has also become a major part of today’s society. However, lately there have been discussions on how recycling may actually be disastrous for the environment. There is also major controversy over consumeristic plastic waste.This essay will discuss the fact that to reduce waste we have to compost, recycle and buy less plastic. When it comes to plastic, it is no secret that it is making a deep cut into our environment’s health. “Plastic is a material that will never fully decompose because it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces” (Cohen,1). In a PBS Newshour it talks about how San Francisco will soon be the world’s first “Zero Waste City.” The city owes a lot of this to the recycling and the reusing of products. In the article it discusses how landfills are creating environmental change because when all the garbage is being decomposed, it releases methane gas down into the earth. This buildup is very concerning because of the damage it causes to our wildlife and to us. Americans throw away about four pounds of trash per person every day. Thats about 250 million tons every year going straight into landfills. San Francisco itself has a 80 percent diversion

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Term
Spring
Professor
GeorgiaGero
Tags
Communications, San Francisco, methane gas, Amy Westervelt

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