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Recycling- We Are Falling Behind

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The ever so memorable rhyme was something programed into almost every student’s brain during elementary school, . Students taking biology or any type of environmental science at Lowndes High have most likely had their teacher preach on how necessary the three R’s actually are. Even though it is expressed, how important these three steps are to a cleaner environment, the Southern region of the United States has showed little regard for the environment by continuously violating the three R’s. According to BioCycle, the South only recycles 11 percent of waste and decomposes two percent. This percentage may seem like a high number, but compared to the rest of the country, the number is significantly lower than areas such as the West Coast.

“You can not put a price on the harmful effects of not recycling, that it is costing the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Recycling should not be a monetary issue,” said Bill Henderson, Science Department Head and AP Environmental Science Teacher.

Lowndes County has a near zero percent recycling rate because of Advanced Disposal discontinuing recycling services in this area.

One of the only possibilities, to increase the recycling rate of Lowndes County, is for citizens to press the County Commissioners and Advanced Disposal for recycling rights. Another way citizens to reduce waste sent to a landfill is to compost biodegradable garbage, such as fruits, vegetables and other foods. Persons may also reuse items such a water bottles and other plastics to avoid more waste being sent to a landfill, especially since plastic can not and will not decompose.

“The key to a renewable and sustainable future begins now, with even the smallest environmental cares, such as recycling, taking the center stage as the precipice of true sustainability,” said Austin Haun, sophomore.

Lowndes High sends a significant amount of trash to the Advanced Disposable Landfill, and one way Lowndes High could become more eco-friendly is by starting a recycling club. This club could place recycling bins in various areas of LHS, as well as in classrooms.