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Does recycling work? Show more Show less

Recycling is increasingly encouraged by environmentalists and society as a whole. It helps people throw away less trash and reduces waste in the environment. However, not all items can be recycled and still end up in landfills for decades. Does this mean that recycling works or is it blown out of proportion? What are the benefits of recycling?

Yes, recycling does work and improves the environment Show more Show less

Recycling is a great way to keep the environment healthy. There’s evidence that it works and has become a normal part of life.
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Recycling cleans up the environment

Recycling helps keep trash off the street, making the world cleaner.
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Context

The Argument

The whole point of recycling is to clean up waste. With recycling, paper, metal, and other things can be turned into something entirely different. Emma Watson wore a dress made from soda bottles to the Met Gala in 2016 and wasted food can be put in dirt to be used as fertilizer.[1] Recycling avoids wasting expendable resources and diminishes landfills.[2] Clearly, recycling works to benefit the environment.

Counter arguments

Only certain things can be recycled. Plastic and styrofoam can’t be broken down or sorted by the machines used at recycling plants. In fact, they could break them.[3]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Recycling cleans up waste and makes new material. [P2] Recycling reduces the amount of rubbish in landfills.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Not every company and society does this. Some materials are not reused and are therefore left in landfills.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-to-use-recycle-trash/
  2. https://ecogreenequipment.com/the-five-most-effective-ways-to-reduce-landfill-waste/
  3. https://oureverydaylife.com/what-items-cant-be-recycled-5017579.html

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