Dear AucklandCouncil,I would like to raise awareness in theNorth Shore about the importance of recycling. Recycling is the act oftransforming useless waste products into new, more useful goods.Recycling is extremely important in today’s world if we want our futuregenerations to be able to enjoy it. It is sustainable for the environment, aswe are creating new products from the old things which are of no use to us.
Recycling starts at home, if you are not throwing away any of your old productsand instead utilizing them for another purpose, then you are recycling too.Recycling is a simple idea: take an object that isn’t of use to youanymore and make it into something new instead of throwing it in the rubbish.It can be anything from recycling old newspaper into new paper, to making anold Pepsi bottle into a decorative flower pot.By recycling, you are supporting theenvironment. Millions of animals and other organisms die each year due toimproper waste management.
When rubbish gets washed out to the sea, the highlytoxic chemicals and substances involved in producing plastic bottles, bags,cans, tubs, containers and more can start to dissolve into the water, furtherdamaging the biome and all its inhabitants. Plastic garbage decomposes very slowly, and it is oftenmistaken for food by marine animals. High concentrations of plastic material, especiallyplastic bags, have been found blocking the airways, stomachs, and intestines ofmany marine species, including dolphins, turtles, puffins, seals, and whales. Plasticsix-pack rings for holding together drink cans are also highly perilous formarine animals. This garbage can also wash up to the shore, where it pollutespublic beaches and other coastal habitats.
All these hugely devastating problemscan be cut down significantly with your help by recycling.If everyone onthe face of this planet reduced, reused, and recycled, we could make Earth’sresources last and awful lot longer. Recycling diminishes the need to landfilland incinerate rubbish, saves materials, helps to make the environment more appealing,and cuts down pollution. It also produces new job openings, as recycling thingsin large amounts takes more machinery and more time.
Recycling doesn’t just conservematerials: it saves energy too. Manufacturing things takes a lot of energyfrom power plants—and the operation of power plants around the worldgenerally make global warming worse. We can save a surprising amount of energyby recycling.
If you recycle a single can made of aluminium, you save approximately95% of the energy you would need to make a new one. Over half the trash we throw away can berecycled. I want you to picture in your mind, if everyone were recycling at least half of their garbage: together, we’d be making a tremendousreduction in the amount of raw materials and energy we use—and, for a change, doinga lot of good for the planet.When you hear the word “recycling” youshould really be thinking about the big idea; reduce, reuse and recycle. We’ve allbeen careless with the various ways we’ve treated the Earth and it is time to makea difference.Remember, no act of recycling goesunappreciated.Kind regards,Nils Bachmann