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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling is still important for people to practice. Recycling is not a new idea — it is a practice that has existed throughout much of human history, and is often encouraged during times of war or conflict. But it is also very important to practice every day. Every classroom has a recycling bin, and there […]

Recycling is still important for people to practice.

Recycling is not a new idea — it is a practice that has existed throughout much of human history, and is often encouraged during times of war or conflict. But it is also very important to practice every day.

Every classroom has a recycling bin, and there are recycling bins all over campus. But bottles, paper, and other recyclables can often be seen being thrown in the garbage bins. So are CB students consciously aware that they are throwing away items that can be recycled, or are we just uninformed?

There are many types of recycling, each with specific benefits and uses. Plastic bottles, cans, paper, and glass bottles aren’t the only items that can be recycled — batteries, food scraps, many types of metals, e-waste, plastic bags and rubber all have specific recycling processes.

These items can’t just be thrown in with other recyclables, though. Most of them need to be separated and sorted before being sent to specialized recycling plants.

On top of recycling at school, science instructor Mrs. Nicole Brousseau “recycles bottles, cans, and e-waste at home and uses the Sacramento recycling system to recycle items such as cardboard, large glass containers, and milk jugs.”

She said that she likes how CB approaches recycling, but she wants them to do more. She explained the difference between east and west coast takes on recycling.

“There are many places to recycle here, but in New Hampshire, they had recycling bins hundreds of feet away from the trash bins and in far less accessible places,” she says. “Reusable bags are a concept that is somewhat foreign to many people on the east coast — California is very conscious about recycling.”

She commented on student recycling habits as well, stating that she “sees people throwing recyclables into trash bins” and that she will inform them that they did it wrong. She also moves the recyclables she sees thrown away into their proper bins.

Recycling is not only good for the environment and morally right, it can be extremely useful for the person recycling. In California, recycling services exist for a variety of materials that give money back to the person recycling.

California law states that containers under 24 ounces are worth 5 cents and containers above 24 ounces are worth 10 cents. Up to 50 containers can be refunded based on count and type, rather than weight.

Recycling can seem tedious and unnecessary, but it is extremely important to practice on an everyday basis. We at CB need to do our part to help encourage our family and friends to recycle.

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