Three recycling bins. That’s how many recycling bins used to be in my school. Three wasn’t enough, but at least it was something.
One day I was in my classroom and I found an empty yogurt container one of my classmates left behind. I picked it up and went to the hallway to recycle it but our recycling bin was no longer in our fourth grade hallway. This made me sad. A teacher walked by and I asked her what happened to our recycling bins. She told me that the company that supplied them wanted to charge the school for having them and the school doesn’t want to pay for them. I didn’t like this answer because the decision to throw all of our waste into our world came down to money. It seems to me that our world revolves around money. To me, saving our beautiful planet should be more important than saving money. We should place importance on recycling in our school and find the money in the budget because our planet is worth saving.
We have over five-hundred students at my school. During lunch, I sit and watch students throw away Styrofoam trays, cardboard, plastic spoons and forks, paper bags, plastic bags, wrappers, and uneaten food into the garbage bins. Then, I look down at my own lunch. I see my reusable lunch bag, water canteen, bamboo utensils, cloth napkin, and reusable lunch pouches. I don’t have to throw anything away. My uneaten food, like apple cores and banana peels, go home for our composting bins to make fresh dirt. But the problem is, I’m the only one doing this. At the very least, if we had recycling bins in our lunchroom then all that waste would go into a recycling bin to be used for something else. Instead, the way it is now, all that waste goes into a landfill that is destroying our environment.
On average, we throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times. The average American throws away about 185 pounds of plastic in one year. Most of this finds its way into landfills where pieces will make their way into our waterways that pollutes our water sources. The thing I’ve learned after reading these statistics is that I’m anything but average. I’m an Earth Warrior and I’m going to change our world. I’m want to make it a law that we have to follow safer practices that protect our planet and its creatures.
I’ve requested a meeting with my principal to discuss how we can bring back our recycling program even bigger and better than it was. This is just a starting place for me, and the first of many goals I am going to achieve for a safer planet for us to live.
Who would like to join me?
Your Earth Warrior, Logan
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