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15.4 Documentation exercise (MLA to APA)

15.4 Documentation exercise (MLA to APA) - INCREASING...

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INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN THE SUN COAST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS RECYCLING PROGRAM INTRODUCTION Observers criticize America as a “throw-away” society ( Cahan 116), and perhaps the criticism is accurate. We discard 11 to 14 billion tons of waste each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of this sum, 180 million tons comes from households and businesses, areas where recycling efforts could make a difference ( de Blanc and Wei 35). Government specialists Holusha, Saenz, and Chu state that in 1998 “the United States produced enough waste to fill a convoy of garbage trucks reaching halfway to the moon, and the convoy is getting longer every year” ( Holusha, Saenz, and Chu 114). Although many individuals would like to send our trash to the moon, unfortunately, most of it finds its way to earthly landfills. With an ever-increasing volume of waste, estimates show that 80 percent of America’s landfills will be full by the year 2010 ( “Author Unknown”). To combat the growing waste disposal problem, 32 states have passed legislation aimed at increasing recycling. In addition to legislation at the state level, more than 1,500 communities have enacted regulations requiring residents to separate bottles, cans, and newspapers so that they may be recycled ( DeBlanc and Wei 34). Moreover, 35 states are trying other means to reduce waste, including taxes, tax incentives, packaging mandates, and outright product bans ( Cahan 120). All levels of government are trying both voluntary and mandatory means of reducing trash sent to landfills ( Mink, Patsy T. Telephone interview. 21 January 2010).
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