Since the beginning of the 21st century, Americans have started to become more aware of the waste they produce and the damage they are doing to Earth. People everywhere are making a conscious effort to reduce their waste and, more importantly, recycle. But still it may not be enough, because with every new idea you can find a skeptic. So to protect our planet and ensure its health, the United States needs to instill laws that make recycling mandatory, because the steps they have taken thus far are not enough. Many Americans do not take recycling seriously because they are not well informed and do not consider it a pressing matter. But recycling has numerous benefits as opposed to not recycling, which means letting our limited resources diminish until we have nothing left.
It is usually a challenge to make an intelligent decision on a matter one knows little about. So how can Americans be expected to recycle if they do not know what it does for our planet? Instilling recycling laws in the United States will force people to address the issue and be a part of repairing it. Informing Americans of the facts will open many eyes. According to lovetoknow.com, “a grand total of 246 million tons of trash was created in 2005.” But “from 1990 to 2005 the amount of municipal solid waste going to landfills decreased by 9 million,” (Chait). And that is before any laws were set. So “U.S. goals should continue to address the fact that these figures can be improved,” (Chait).
If a system is simplistic and impartial, people are more likely to enjoy participating in it than in one that is confusing and inequitable. As of today, recycling programs vary from state-to-state which does not give much encouragement or reason for Americans to recycle. For example, a city in New Mexico offers one cent for every pound of plastic bottles recycled, while a city in Oregon offers five cents per recycled bottle, (Chait). It is conflicting regulations like these that make Americans think twice about recycling. With a nationwide law set in place, current recycling programs will be improved.
Most people would do anything to live their lives to the fullest and protect their family and friends. Well there are many natural resources on Earth that humans cannot live without and they are depleting. So if protecting our natural resources means protecting individuals and loved ones, then recycling should be a priority for America. Trees, for example, are being cut down at a rate of “100 acres per minute,” (“More Recycling”) but trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. Easy steps, like recycling paper, and replanting trees, can be taken, America just has to try. Other easily recycled resources include natural foods, such as vegetables, fruits and animal byproducts, which can be turned into compost and used for growing more food. A mandatory law will give them the initiative they need. South...