Essay about Why the World Should Recycle

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A common sight to a visitor on a beach in the U.S. is garbage that has been pitched by another person or washed up on the beach, after it has been carelessly thrown away. All the carelessly disposed of trash eventually accumulates, rather it be in one place, such as a landfill, or in many places just dispersed and spread out, like litter. In 1997, Captain Charles Moore came across a large trash deposit, while sailing in his boat, Alguita, in the pacific. What he encountered that day could only be described as a floating continent of trash, which today has names such as “trash vortex”, “plastic soup”, and Eastern Garbage Patch”(Friedman 7-10). The mass of trash is still present today and is calculated to be twice the size of the U.S., …show more content…
Recycling has been present all throughout the course of human history, even though those he were implementing it may not have realized it (The History of Recycling and History of Waste and Recycling Information sheet). As Society developed, they encountered situations in which it was necessary for them to recycle. One of these situations was during the Great Depression when people found themselves re-using metals, rags, etc… to get through the rough times(The truth about recycling). As time passed, the U.S. pulled away from the Great Depression, but then soon faced another situation in which the implementing of recycling was necessary. This new situation was WWII, during this period the U.S. government encouraged the public to donate items made of metal, so they could be melted down into weapons for the war, because there was a lack of resources to supply the war (The History of Recycling). After the war, the U.S. didn’t turn back to recycling until the 1970’s, when energy costs where high and it was cheaper and more energy-efficient to recycle. Three later the first curbside recycling business was opened in Berkeley, California (The History of Recycling). By 1999, the U.S. alone had 1,677 recycling companies started and this number continues to grow today (The History of Recycling). Each day the average person produces about 4 ½ pounds of garbage,
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