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If people do not start to inconvenience themselves for the sake of the future they will find out just as the throw away products that give them an accommodating ease Earth and its creatures will become just as expendable People need to understand that recycling is the Earths future If more people do not start to recycle and understand its importance than the planet as we know it is doomed Not only wildlife but we as humans are being exposed to disease causing uncalled fors Plastic waste in our oceans has made junk islands two times the size of Texas This same waste could just have easily been recycled or reused The public needs to be made aware of the ongoing problems that the plastic in our oceans can cause by being aware the dangers maybe the public would be scared into wanting to help People use more plastic in a years time than they probably realize Some interesting numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency EPA that are eye-opening and jaw dropping that the public needs to be made aware of are31 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2010 representing 124 percent of total municipal solid waste MSW EPA 2011In 2010 the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging almost 11 million tons as durable goods such as appliances and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods for example plates and cups EPA 2011Only 8 percent of the total plastic waste generated in 2010 was recovered for recycling EPA 2011In 2010 the category of plastics which includes bags sacks and wraps was recycled at almost 12 percent EPA 2011Plastics also are found in automobiles but recycling of these materials is counted separately from the MSW recycling rate EPA 2011
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