My class is starting a recycling program...?

and our class has to persuade the whole school to start recycling. Can you give me powerful points to make to get them to recycle.
And can you include the negative points that recycling will bring to my school..

Hello. I am a environmentalist and have conducted a few recycling activities with schools and communities. Below are some of the facts that I use to encourage people to recycle:

How long does it take to biodegrade?
ItemTime to break down
Cotton1 to 5 months
Paper2 to 5 months
Rope3 to 14 years
Orange peel6 months
Cigarette butts1 to 12 years
Plastic bags10 to 20 years
Leather shoes25 to 40 years
Tin cans50 to 100 years
Aluminium cans80 to 100 years
Glass bottles1 million years
Plastic bottlesForever

You can see that if we just place things in a landfil site then the rubbish just keeps getting larger and larger - we need to reduce our waste and recycle.

Always mend items rather than throw them out. In many places we are becoming more of a ‘throw away society’ because many things today are designed for one time use only, such as tin cans and glass bottles and if something breaks we buy a new one. We should try to reuse as many things as possible and increase their lifespan, rather than throwing them out immediately!

If you have a choice, try to buy things with less packaging. For example, you may want to buy some fruit at your local grocery store, some of them may be covered in plastic or placed on a tray and others may be loose. Buy the ones that are loose as this reduces the amount of packaging. Also, always try to buy things in larger sizes as this reduces the amount of packaging you will collect.

How many plastic bags did you collect yesterday? Did you collect 5, 10 or 15 bags? Let’s say you collected 10 bags…so on average you collect 70 bags a week – do you know that’s about 3,650 bags a year! And that’s just you! How many does your family or community collect? Go on - work it out!

So, simply by refusing a plastic bag when you are offered one can help enormously. How about using a cloth bag to go shopping with? When you go to buy your fruit and vegetables just ask the shopkeeper to place them straight into your cloth bag! You can say no when a shop vendor tries to put just one or two items into a plastic bag. If it is only a small item you can put it in your pocket! If you have plastic bags at home why don’t you reuse them when you go shopping? Just grab a few bags and put all of your goods in there.

Compost is kitchen waste such as vegetable and fruit peel, leftover food scraps and garden waste such as leaves and branches that are left to properly decompose and turn into compost. It creates a cleaner environment as it means food and garden scraps will not be thrown out onto the streets to decay. Compost is great for growing vegetables and fruit.

Interesting facts to talk about…
·You can use these interesting facts to surprise the your school mates….

By recycling 1 ton of paper you save:
• 17 trees
• 6,953 gallons of water
• 463 gallons of oil
• 587 pounds of air pollution
• 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
• 4,077-kilowatt hours of energy

·Recycling 1 aluminium can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours - or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

·One three-foot stack of newspapers is equal to one tree, approximately 30 feet tall
·One three-foot stack of newspaper weighs 100 pounds
·To make one ton of virgin paper uses 17 trees (3 2/3 acres of forest)
·Recycling one aluminium can saves the energy equivalent to one cup of gasoline
·32% of all waste is from packaging
·Plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year

You asked about negative points too. I would have to say that recycling can use alot of energy - more sometimes than making a brand new item. So that is a drawback. Also, and one of the main points I think, is that if we are told that to recycle will solve our problems, then we are not really looking at the underlying problem. That is - we all consume too much and produce far too much waste. We should be changing the way we live and use things. We should REDUCE and REUSE and then recycle as a last option. You could try and encourage your school friends to reduce the amount of waste - for example, buying things with less packaging and saying no to plastic bags in shops.

I live and work in the developing world and solid waste is such a big problem here - people burn it on the streets which releases a nasty toxin called dioxin. This can cause cancer. They sling it into the river which causes pollution, or it just lies around the city decaying and looking ugly.

So - hope this information helps - good luck with encouraging your school to recycle - try to make it easy for them by placing recycle bins in many places and by telling people what they can and can't put in them..

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