Student at SAIT recycling.

Student at SAIT recycling.

Plastics are showing up everywhere, it is showing up in our drinking water and even in our blood, it is not good for our world’s environment and it is not good for our health.

By not recycling, chemicals from plastic bottles and in the lining of metal cans leaks into our food and beverages, said Larry Schwartz in a story from AlterNet.

One of the main chemicals used in the production of plastic is a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA, said Schwartz.

“The Centers for Disease Control found 95 per cent of urine samples contained some amount of BPA,” said Schwartz. “It’s in our blood, our amniotic fluid, our breast milk. Small children are most at risk because they put everything in their mouths, they breathe and drink more, relative to their size, and they excrete waste more slowly.”

Recycling is important because everyone makes garbage and everyone we all should take care of it, it’s not good for the environment, said Karen Lyver during a telephone interview, she is a stay at home mom with a B.C.S. in Earth Sciences.

“Everyone needs to reduce the use of plastics in our lives,” said Lyver.

It should be mandatory for individuals to recycle in their homes and in their businesses, said Lyver.

Before a business can successfully start a recycling program within their company, they first need to learn how to recycle and what to recycle in their homes, said Lyver.

Homeowners need to make recycling part of their routine, it is not difficult to make a schedule up and go to the recycling depo once a week, said Lyver.

An efficient way of recycling at home starts with finding a way to store recyclables and to pack them efficiently, such as flattening cardboard, said Lyver.

Some homeowners even use an old dresser in their garage to store recyclables in an efficient way. All that they need to do is to slide open the correct draw and toss in the recyclable material, said Lyver.

If the government put an environmental deposit fee on more objects that are recyclable, not just milk jugs and juice boxes, then it would encourage individuals to recycle so that they can get back the deposit money, said Lyver.

“It’s estimated the business sector accounts for one third of all material sent to city landfills and 88 per cent of it isn’t garbage at all–it’s made up of paper, cardboard and other items that can be diverted from landfills and recycled,” said David Boushy in a Global News article.

The city of Calgary spent two years working with businesses, from building owners to industries and haulers, to develop a recycling program that would be easy for Calgarians to adapt to, said David Boushy in a Global News article.

“As of Nov. 1 all Calgary businesses have been required to implement a recycling program that needed to include collecting and storing recyclables separately from waste and ensure all recyclables are taken to a recycling facility,” said in an article by Josie Lukey in a Calgary Metro article.

Not everyone is getting into the recycling trend. Kristian Martens in a face-to-face interview, he is a first year petroleum student at SAIT, said that he does not believe that recycling is necessary.

“The Earth is still getting contaminated by other pollutions, and the number of bottles being recycled won’t even add up to the amount of garbage being dumped,” said Martens.

It is easy enough to just recycle plastic bottles and cans, but anything more than that is a waste of time and individuals are pushed hard enough to recycle, said Martens.

“Recycling and the idea of reusing things has a good concept, but there is no hope to make a cleaner planet,” said Martens.

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