Is Recycling Effective? Essay examples

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Is recycling effective? A few months ago, when I was in Montreal, I was surprised to see that in some grocery stores plastics bags were sold. It is something new because two years ago when I lived in this city, they were free. Now, people need to bring their own reusable bags or buy a plastic bag for 20 cents. Banning grocery plastics bags in Montreal is the city plan as well as some cities in the United States already doing. The aim of this new recycling program is to protect the environment. I believe that recycling is not always effective in some aspects, but it is still the first step that people can do to fight earth’s contamination. Opponents of recycling said that it can affect the environment. Professor Benjamin …show more content…
For example, by recycling paper, “17 trees for every ton of paper” (Martin, 2006) are saved. Thus, recycling is helping to protect the environment because fewer trees are being cut down. Also, by recycling, less waste is put into landfills which they are more harmful to the environment (Martin, 2006). In addition, according to Bill Sheehan, trees absorb carbon dioxide and recycling is reducing the greenhouse gases as a result of protecting trees. He is strongly in favor of recycling because he promotes zero waste by having implemented Zero waste resource management systems which the goal is to educate organizations to take good habits for protecting the environment (Sheehan, 2000). Another controversy is economic; some people believe that recycling programs are expensive. According to John Tierney, a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, recycling raises the city’s expenses because more laborers are needed to drive the trucks and to collect the recycling boxes. Also, he said that collecting recycled trash is more expensive than collecting garbage because “the crews pick up less material at each stop” (Tierney, 2000). For example, in New York: The Department of Sanitation projects that in fiscal year 2002, even assuming the recycling program becomes more efficient, it will cost the city about $12.5 million: an extra $13 for each
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