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Compost vs. Recycling

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Save the environment!

Save the environment!

Photo by Phoebe Milks

Photo by Phoebe Milks

Save the environment!

By Phoebe Milks, Features Co-Editor

Recycle: to convert waste into reusable material.

Lots of us recycle everyday, whether at home or here at school, but not a lot of people know how great recycling is for the environment as well as how many jobs the recycling industry provides. As of 2016, 757,000 jobs were created with 36.6 billion dollars in wages were earned in recycling. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that piles up in our landfills and prevents pollution from taking over our globe. Paper makes up 30% of the trash in our landfills, more than any other material. As of 2014, Americans have recycled up to 65% of the paper used. Also in 2014, Americans generated 33 million tons of plastic. That much plastic is 13% of the waste stream. Recycling is needed not only for the planet that we call home but it is great for national economy. There is increased economic stability when domestic recycled materials are used.  

Compost: decayed organic material used as plant fertilizer

Just like recycling, compost ensures that less waste goes into landfills. Because of this lessening of waste, there is less methane gas produced and methane is a major contributor to climate change. When you use compost the soil has more microbes, which makes the soil healthier, protects crops and plants. Another amazing thing about composted soil is that it needs less water, less pesticides, and less fertilizer making all the food we eat healthier. Landslides are scary disasters that can be preventable with the use of compost. Composted soil prevents erosion which in turns prevents landslides.  

*All statistics found on epa.org 

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