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Are the Blue Bins Enough?

Posted by titantv on March 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

By Elizabeth Case


Walking down the hallway of McDowell High School, the first thing a person will see is a ocean of bobbing heads trying to maneuver their way to the next block. Under the sea of book bags hanging from the students are these blue recycling bins. The recycling bins are McDowell High School’s way of going green. Even though this is a good step towards the green movement, more can be done.

Bethany Vance, a senior, said, “The recycling bins are a step in the right direction. Personally, I believe we could do more. Especially since people don’t seem to utilize the bins as much as possible.” To some, throwing away a can seems insignificant to the big picture, but aluminum cans are made up of sixty five percent recycled material. In hand, used recycled cans can be back on the self within sixty days. Bethany later went on to say that, “they need to let students know that using them are steps that lead to making a difference.” She read that last year 34 percent of waste was recycled. In response to that she said, “even though that isn’t a bad percent, you have to wonder what is happening to the rest.”

Keeping America Beautiful found that in 2010, America had enough non recycled paper waste to cover 26,700 football fields three feet deep. Just reaching over a few feet and throwing the paper into the recycling bin compared to the trash could make a difference. It takes forty percent less power to create products from recycled paper compared to virgin wood.

The recycling bins are being used in most classrooms, but students are unaware of all the material that is recyclable. Almost all paper, aluminum, and glass products are recyclable. On the idea that the school was moving in the right direction towards the Green Movement, Mr. Robert Yutzy, history teacher, said, “as a society we are moving too slowly to adjust, and we need to change our lifestyles. The school just reflects the society.” As a society, people need to move towards a greener lifestyle.


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9:54 AM on March 5, 2014 
Wow, Bethany Vance sounds like a really intelligent young woman.