Tigers need recycling

Amoreena Godoy, reporter

By Alexandria Buchanan
The “recycle only” bins on campus are now used as trash cans.

Many feel that they are not able to do anything to help the issue of global warming. However, society is able to help the environment, economy, and prevent waste from going into oceans by recycling. If McKinley High School put recycling bins on campus, our school would be contributing to the community and improving not only our campus but our environment.

Our school should set an example of preserving the environment. Yale University conducted a study that found the United States currently has a recycling level of 21.4 percent but if it were to reach 75 percent, it would be the environmental equivalent of removing 55 million cars from U.S. roads each year. By placing standardized bins on campus it will encourage our students to become eco-conscious and receive the benefits of a waste-free environment.

Recycling bins on the school campus are an excellent way for McKinley to give back to the community. The organization Recycles Across America has found that recycling is a $200 billion dollar industry that could potentially benefit McKinley financially. Recycling generates more jobs and inspires new clubs for students to focus on the well-being of the environment.

The main concerns for standardized bins may be the cost and students using it improperly. However, with helpful reminders in Tiger Media News, the Bulletin, posters, and by word in classrooms, the future of McKinley High School will look cleaner. Some may ask what the school will do with all of these recyclables or who will maintain the bins around campus, but we could get students or clubs to help out.

Taking care of our environment and encouraging students to make a difference in the world is something that McKinley should have pride in. By widening our student body’s outlook, our graduates will always remember to consider the environment. To start this campus improvement the school will need to approve the placements of bins, and the bins must be funded. Proper care for the bins will require a class, club, or volunteers along with the effort and cooperation of McKinley Tigers, we are able to prevent waste from going into our oceans and environment.

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