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Molly ErtmerBIO-22028 May, 2017Berenise CharltonReduce, Reuse, RecycleAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (2016), in 2013, 254 million tons oftrash was generated in the United States alone. About 87 million tons of the material wasrecycled, making the recycling rate 34.3 percent (p.5). The rest of the trash collects in landfills,costing money and damaging the environment. Increasing the recycling rate should be a priorityfor everyone living on earth, because not only can recycling benefit the environment, it can alsobenefit the economy and the way people live. The higher the recycling rate, the more jobs arecreated, the more money is saved, and the more resources are conserved and reused to makeproducts again. Recycling can benefit the environment in many different ways, including savingenergy and resources, preventing pollution, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Recycling is easy, the benefits are endless, and it can change the world for the better. Manydifferent materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, food, and more.There are several ways you can go about recycling. Depending on your community, there may becurbside collection, drop-off centers, or refund programs. After recyclables are collected, they aresent to a facility to be sorted and cleaned. After that, they are processed into materials that can beused in manufacturing (Recycling Basics, 2016). When people recycle, the materials are reused tomake new products, which results in conserving natural resources and saving energy. Saving