I’ve been working at a recycling company for about three years now and I just started recycling myself.
You’d think after working for that long, I would’ve started earlier, but honestly I didn’t feel like doing it. What difference does one person make, right? Turns out, it makes a huge difference. And not just for the environment, but for myself as well.
Since I started recycling, my garbage price has went down considerably. I only take the trash out once a month. It saves me a lot of money, which goes to pizza, naturally. Lots of college students like pizza.
As cheesy as it may sound, it’s not about the money to me. It may be an added bonus, but the thought of doing something good for the planet really makes me feel good about myself. It makes me feel like a superhero, which has always been a dream of mine. Not every superhero has to wear a cape and leap tall building in a single bound. Some superheroes put time an effort into doing what they think is best.
Recycling helps you out as much as it helps the Earth. It conserves natural resources such as tinder, water and minerals, which helps pave the way for future generations. It reduces pollution, it creates new energy and it reduces greenhouse gasses which cause climate change (which is a real thing. Don’t believe the Republicans). Recycling also reduces the amount of wastes sent to landfills and incinerators.
If one person starts recycling, that means that one person is trying to make a difference. If we all band together and recycle, we can make that difference. We’ll make a bigger difference than we can imagine. If we don’t do something, there might not be a world to live in in the future.
I’m not saying that to be scary, I’m saying that because it’s true. If we work together, we can sustain the environment.
We need to realize that we’re not recycling to benefit ourselves, but we’re doing it for the future. We’re doing it for our children and their children.