Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Recycling- The Modern World is Still Our World

Recycling is important. We often let things that don’t immediately affect us go completely forgotten. Due to this unfortunate habit, recycling is so often put aside. It’s true that we can start recycling tomorrow. It’s true that one bottle isn’t going to ruin the world. It’s true that our world probably isn’t going to be completely destroyed in the next year.

It’s also true that the change starts with us. It’s also true that this is a change that we can directly influence. It’s also true that the United States only recycles 28% of its waste. It is true that it is time to start recycling right now.

This story follows the life of a water bottle that ends up right where it’s supposed to. It shows our journey to buy things like we do every day. It shows us at the store picking out something and then it shows us at home enjoying it. And then it shows how to finish this process in a way that will help protect our world. It shows us just how easy the whole process is and allows us time to reflect on the importance of the issue being discussed.

  1.  We live in an incredibly busy world where it is hard to keep up with what is demanded of us. This makes it even more difficult to take the time for things that are not immediately pressing. Our environment is running out of time and we need to realize that.
  2. We all go out and buy things without ever thinking about the possible consequences of our actions. While buying these things helps us to boost the economy, helps us to put food on our tables and helps us to nourish our bodies, we must take into account how buying these things can hurt us as well.
  3. We get home from the store and unpack everything. In this photo, Nik Keating does just that. He might have even asked for paper so that he could recycle the bags. We might think that we are trying to do our part but the United States is still one of world’s largest producers of trash. Trash is produced at an alarming rate of 1,609 pounds of trash per person, per year.
  4. The wonderful thing about this is the fact that we can actually make a difference towards solving this problem. If we were to take the time to reflect on the future of our world while we enjoy our products, we would be much more likely to recycle them afterwards. Keating is pictured here enjoying his water.
  5. Recycling is quick and easy these days. In Seattle, you are rarely going to be more than a few blocks from a place where you can recycle. It doesn’t take long at all to help create a better world and you can feel proud of yourself while you’re doing it. In this photo Keating is seen recycling the bottle he purchased earlier. This shows obviously just how simple the action is.
  6. Our world takes care of us every day. It gives us air to breathe, water to drink and beautiful scenery for us to enjoy. Isn’t it time for us to start giving something back? Keating certainly agreed when asked what he thought about these concepts. He stated that that was “exactly” why he recycled in the first place.
  7. Recycling is a perfect way to show that you care about your future and the future of all people to come. The garbage is only going to continue piling up and the average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years. Our behavior has already created problems that will take hundreds of years to reverse.
  8. If we don’t start taking the time to remember how important recycling is, our garbage trucks will just keep filling up more landfills until they take over our world. The United States only recycles 28% of its waste while some European countries are able to recycle up to 60%. Let’s catch up before it’s too late!

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