Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Landfills and recycling

EDITOR:

My name is James Francisco and I am a fourth grade student at Lake Forest Elementary School in El Dorado Hills. I am participating in the Nature Bowl competition. Our school won the competition in March and now we are headed to Sacramento State next month to compete against other winning schools in Northern California. I have created an enviro-mercial about landfills and would like to spread the word about how recycling can reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. Some of what I learned in my research follows:

Did you know that the average U.S. household throws away about 50 pounds of garbage each week? What doesn’t get recycled goes into landfills and takes up a lot of space. No one wants to live near landfills, so it is important to recycle to they don’t fill up as quickly. Studies show that up to 50 percent of what goes into landfills can be recycled. Can you imagine if 50 percent of the trash currently in our landfills wasn’t there?

Here are three tips for how people can help take care of our landfills:

1) Use the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Items like plastic and glass bottles, cans, paper products and cardboard can all be recycled.
2) Precycle by shopping with recycling in mind and buying products that don’t have a lot of packaging.
3) Don’t put hazardous waste like oil, batteries or paint in your trash because they are harmful to landfills and the environment.

Here’s what I’ve done about the problem to date:

1) I have posted an enviro-mercial on YouTube explaining what I’ve learned and what others can do (you can see it at youtube.com/watch?v=I399tN6CUhA). Feel free to “like” it!
2) My family now has not one, but two recycling bins that get picked up every other week by El Dorado Disposal.
3) I remind my mom to use reusable grocery bags when she goes shopping so that the plastic grocery bags don’t end up in landfills.
4) I collect our used batteries and take them to places where they can be disposed of properly.

I hope you will print my letter so that I can help spread the word and get other people involved. Thank you.

JAMES FRANCISCO
El Dorado Hills

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