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Avrie Adams, Writer

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but what does that really do for the environment? Recycling actually has many different forms, and benefits. From simple DIY (do it yourself) projects, to national programs, it’s quite easy to find a way to help the environment. Over the past decade, people have been coming up with different and unique ways to reuse items. Organizations are pushing recycling to limit the amount of waste going into landfills and polluting Earth’s air and atmosphere.

The saying “reduce, reuse, recycle,” (the three R’s) was originally created around the 1970s to raise environmental awareness. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) was created by the federal government to also raise awareness and protect the Earth. It is thought that the three R’s was born from the Recourse Recovery Act. According to, https://recyclenation.com/ the act was intended to put people’s attention on recycling, converting waste or trash into energy, and recovering our resources.

It is understood that recycling preserves the environment, but how does it help? The soda can that you tossed in the trash can because you couldn’t reach the recycle bin is probably in a landfill right now, or being burned. When it goes to a land fill, it is being compressed into an oxygen-less environment. So, it’s not gone, it’s just being stored somewhere were its not doing any good. When the trash is burned, it releases carbon dioxide (co2) into the atmosphere, which traps the sun’s heat inside the Earth. That coke can could’ve been recycled and made into a dr. pepper can, saving valuable resources.

Recycling isn’t just piling up your blue bin, and hauling it out to the street. This is the “reuse” part the three R’s. For example, you go to a party and decide to get some punch, it is served in plastic cups, when the party is over, you take your cup home. You could just use it for another drink, or you could decorate it and turn it into a pencil or pen holder. Wouldn’t you rather do that, than spending money on a pencil holder that you could’ve made. By reusing items yourself, you save money, and the environment.

As global warming is spreading, people have become more interested in saving their environment, including coming up with unique ways to do it. Did you know that 20% of landfills are made up of food scraps? The Zera Food Recycler has a solution for that. Per www.treehugger.com, this appliance “is designed to fit right into the kitchen as a freestanding appliance, and to be as simple to use as just scraping your plate or pan into the opening.” When you put the food in, composes food and turns it into a fertilizer for your garden, or your neighbor’s.

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