FC: A Stinky World By: Emily Yeng
1: “Remember, Earth Day is coming up soon! Don't forget to bring in your donations!” exclaimed Mrs. Green. A chorus of answers filled the room as Liam Paper and Harry Glass started walking out to the crowded first grade hallway.
2: What kinds of things do you do on Earth Day?” inquired Liam “I’m not sure. I think it's when you learn about the Earth,” guessed Harry as he loaded the bus. Later that afternoon, Liam and Harry continued guessing about what Earth Day can be about.
3: Later that afternoon, Liam and Harry continued guessing about what Earth Day can be about. After they ran out of ideas, Harry asked his mom. “Earth Day is about taking care of and cleaning the Earth. One way to take care of the Earth is by recycling,” replied Mrs. Glass.
4: “Recycling is the process where plastic, paper, aluminum and glass are reused into something else. Recycling is part of the three ‘R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reducing is when you don't use something as often as you usually do to help save it. Making something new out of something old is reusing.”
5: “Wow, recycling sounds hard,” Liam responded in amazement. “Actually, Liam, recycling is very easy. To recycle, all you do is put plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass into a green bin with the arrows pointed in the direction in shape of a triangle,” pointed Mrs. Glass.
6: “You're right Mom, that is easy!” Harry added. “Why doesn't everybody recycle?”
7: “There's a lot of reasons why people don't recycle. One reason, is that it cost money to recycle. People who recycle pay $1.71 every month( 5). Plus, not everything is recyclable. For example, on plastic items there are numbers on them. Plastic with the number 7 on it is not recyclable (4). Plastic with the number three to six are very hard to recycle (4). | 4. "Problems With Recycling Plastic." LIVESTRONG.COM. Bambi Turner, 14 June 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
8: Another problem, with plastic bottles is that some people forget to take off the caps before they recycle them. | This makes other items around the bottle dirty (4). Not only are plastics hard to recycle, but paper too. Paper with ink on it is very difficult to get off (3). Chemicals, that can cause poisonous air in our body when we breath, is used to remove the ink. | 3. "Problems With Recycling Paper." LIVESTRONG.COM. Liz Turner, 13 May 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
9: Paper can be used only so many times before the fiber wears off (3). Some people don't recycle because they don't care about recycling!” explained Mrs. Glass. | 3. "Problems With Recycling Paper." LIVESTRONG.COM. Liz Turner, 13 May 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
10: What happens to the trash that doesn't get recycled?” prompted Liam. “Unfortunately, the trash gets put in landfills,” sighed Mrs. Glass.
11: Landfills are places where the trash is buried and piled on to the ground. Like everything else, landfills are expensive (1). The more people don't recycle, the bigger landfills get.” (2). | 1. "Letter: Recycling problems." Daily Post [Liverpool, England] 25 Oct. 2006: 12. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. 2. Macdonald, Averil. "Plastic: pollutant or saviour?" Physics Review Sept. 2004: 12+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
12: “Ew! How gross!” interrupted Liam. “Yes, it's very gross, but it's what the workers have to do. It's a shame that people throw away things that can be recycled.
13: When they don't, it costs more money to have people rummage through the trash looking for recyclable items,” stated Mrs. Glass realistically.
14: "What a stinky job!" Harry joked. Some of the trash there will be there for couple of hundreds of years,” continued Mrs. Glass (4). “That's why it's important not only to recycle, but to do it properly.” | 4. "Problems With Recycling Plastic." LIVESTRONG.COM. Bambi Turner, 14 June 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
15: “That's a long time.” responded Harry in shock. One look at Liam and Harry knew he was thinking the same thing. A world filled with endless piles of garbage, with the stench of a sweaty sock as a replacement for oxygen.
16: A world where the ocean is no longer a beautiful ecosystem, home to thousands of organisms, or a relaxing vacation to cool off and enjoy yourself, but a dump.
17: A world where lazy people are waiting for others to clean up part of their mess. | After learning what recycling was and how it would help the Earth, Liam and Harry decided to bring something else other than snacks donations to the Earth Day celebration.
18: On the day of the Earth Day celebration, Liam and Harry brought bigger recycling bins to school. Mrs. Glass was a volunteer and explained the proper way to recycle and the horrible things that would happen if we don't.
19: Liam and Harry demonstrated how to recycled with a proud grin painted on their faces. They were not going to let the Earth become a landfill.
20: “I’m glad you boys learn about the true meaning of Earth Day. It's not about the snacks and activities, it's about giving back to the Earth,” praised their teacher, Mrs. Green.
21: “Thanks!” spat Liam and Harry as they ate their creamy chocolate pudding, sprinkled with Oreos, and topped with gummy worms. “We're thrilled that people will recycle better and stop filling landfills!”