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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 teaches people not to litter

By learning more about how recycling works, people are thinking twice about littering.
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Context

The Argument

Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of the benefits of recycling. Programs show people the process of recycling and how they can recycle. With enough motivation, people will be less likely to throw away trash and recycle it instead as they become more conscientious to the negative impacts of rubbish.

Counter arguments

No matter how much people learn about recycling, it’s ultimately going to be up to individuals to start recycling. Knowing something is different than living it. When people do learn something but never utilise it, they are less likely to retain that information.[1] With that being the case, we shouldn't rely on individual people to make huge decisions to change the environment.

Framing

Premises

[P1] There’s evidence that supports the benefits of recycling. [P2] By being educated about these, people will be more motivated to recycle. [P3] By becoming more conscientious, people will also be less inclined to litter.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] People must choose to recycle. People might not be motivated to recycle even after learning about it.

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References

  1. https://ofpad.com/knowledge-is-power-knowledge-without-action-is-useless/

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