Drowning Of Plastic : Mary Rose Stewart

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Drowning In Plastic

Mary-Rose Stewart
Earth Science
Mrs. Beshears
12 December 2014

In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material (“Municipal Solid Waste”). There are many ways to end our environmental crisis, such as reducing our amount of trash, recycling items, and reusing other items. In Sweden, less than 1% of their trash ends up in landfills. 50% of their trash is incinerated, causing steam that spin generator turbines, creating electricity which is distributed across the country from their WtE (Waste to Energy) facilities. One way we can reduce our amount of trash is by recycling everyday objects such as plastic water bottles, newspapers, the bags newspaper comes in, old graded papers, etc. Instead of throwing away old food from your refrigerator, you can start a compost heap. A compost heap is a pile of organic materials that decompose and produce compost. This compost heap is great for growing crops, since it is very fertile land. You can recycle almost anything. Anything made of paper, plastic, metal, or glass can be recycled. Most cities have their own recycling plant, along with recycle bins that they collect a certain day of the week. In Mexico, Missouri, there are nine recycling locations. We collect metal cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic containers, plastic bags, anything paper, windowed envelopes, post-it notes, and cardboard. We do not collect…

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