A Greener, Cleaner World


Gage Smith

Recycling bins are in use at our school, but what about the ones in the classrooms?

Gage Smith, Contributor

Over one million seabirds and hundreds of thousands of sea mammals are killed every year. How are they killed you ask? One way is by non-recycling and anything plastic. Sometimes it’s not even plastic.

Every three months Americans throw enough aluminum in our landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet. New Zealand, Turkey, Chile, Mexico are the lowest countries of recycling. They recycle less than 6 percent of all their materials. There are an estimated 25 million tons of plastic created and dumped into the ocean due to countries like them. If recycling has been in a country like the US since 1960, why is it still a big issue 59 years later?

Here at our school, we have recycling. In fact, we a class that collects all of our recycling. Mrs.Tiernan is the teacher of the class. The class is not only a way of bringing her classes around the school for the experience, but it also helps the recycling more here at Holt. Their schedules are as follows:

Monday The front half of school
Tuesday The whole backend of school
Wednesday 400-500 blocks
Thursday 300 block to the ground floor
Friday Take a Break/ relax

As this is Mrs. Tiernan class, however, it has been mentioned that the recycling oftentimes gets emptied before her classes get a chance to collect it. With no evidential proof, it is only a mystery as to how this happens. On the other side of the coin, the custodians explain they have only taken the recycling if there was an impressive amount of trash in the recycling.

If that is the case, then we must introduce our students to learn how to properly recycle and throw away waste in the classroom. A single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for four hours. It also creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution that would be created when making a new bottle. In fact, Manufacturers truly want these materials back to reuse in their manufacturing, but they aren’t able to reuse the materials if people don’t recycle right. Recycling at 75% could also create 1.5 million jobs, but that would be a future consideration.

First, we have to get off the ground or landfill in this case. If we have recycling and no one knows how then that is our problem. To educate our students and help make a change not only to and from our school, but also to hopefully help other schools across the state or nation, this issue must be addressed. We need to help our world from the unparalleled problems that can make our world drastically different.  

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