BY JORDAN VERICKER, OLIVIA SPAULDING & LAURYN GIBAS
Plastic. The substance that is slowly suffocating our only place to live. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Billions of pounds of plastic end up in our oceans. We currently only recover about 5 percent of the plastics we produce.
Americans alone discard about 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. It takes anywhere from 500-1,000 years for plastic to biodegrade. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. The majority of kids at THS carry a water bottle from class to class. Walk into any classroom and you will usually find half of the kids with some type of beverage in a plastic bottle on their desk.
So, one question: why doesn’t Trenton High School recycle water bottles? We recycle paper, but recently halted the collection of empty plastic bottles due to cost. With the halt of recycling, the school did gain a water bottle refill station, thanks to Mrs. Lowe. This is a huge step in the right direction, although at the end of the day the water bottles are still ending up in the garbage where they ultimately harm the earth. When plastic isn’t recycled, it ends up in either a landfill or our oceans. [Read more…]