Dylan W. Michigan

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By reducing, reusing, and recycling we can save our world from this catastrophe we have brought onto it.

Dear Mr. or Mrs. President,

Our country has endured more sophisticated problems than anyone could ever imagine, like 9/11 or even the Civil War when we were fighting our own people to have equality. As the United States of America, we have triumphed over many problems and came out on top as one, but we must focus on what is a current major problem right now, and that is recycling. What is paramount to ensure our country a brighter future is that we conserve our planet for as long a possible. If we continue what we are doing, our planet’s life will not last quite as long as expected, or as long as we want it to last. That is why it is of the utmost importance that we recycle our resources in order to alleviate all of the pollution and waste our planet has sucked in and endured.

Throughout Americans’ lives, we have plenty of opportunities to recycle many materials that sometimes we just don’t recycle. According to recycleacrossamerica.org, throughout our lives we will have the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 aluminum cans alone. When is the last time that you actually thought about recycling that aluminum can that you just took off of your shelf instead of just throwing it away? Think about how much we could change, just by recycling the can of ravioli that you just ate. A simple aluminum can may not seem like it is very important, but just by recycling those we can make an extravagant change in our environment with a simple action. We don’t have to stop there either, our city just gave us new trash cans including a big bin for recycling. If we start filling those bins every other week, then that alone can cause an extremely big change as well. Even though you may think it might not be making that much of a difference, in reality it is actually making a much larger change than you actually believe. Recycleacrossamerica.org states that every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet. That is just ridiculous! Imagine the potential we have to help our world just by recycling a little aluminum can.

Another huge problem that faces the United States is the recycling of paper. Did you know that the average Sunday newspaper requires 500,000 trees to be cut down in order to produce it?(recycling-revolution.com) Most people when they are done reading the paper just throw it away as well. By recycling the newspapers people have already read, we could potentially save 75,000 trees, which averages out to 250,000,000 trees being saved each year! (recycling-revolution.com) Just by doing this minor thing, we could make a huge impact on the world and make it a “more green” place. Imagine if we all game together and recycled paper, water bottles, aluminum cans, etc. If we did that we could save so many resources and trees on top of making our world a cleaner place and prolong the life expectancy of our planet.


Dylan W.

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"Recycle Across America, Standardized Recycling Labels." Recycle Across America, Standardized Recycling Labels. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.

Allen Park High School

APHS Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Allen Park High School is located in Southeastern Michigan. AP Lang studies rhetoric. Additionally, students produce text to narrate, persuade, and inform.

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