The Benefits Of Recycling

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Introduction Each state has different regulations on which materials are recycled and how. Some states provide economic incentives for recyclers but some prefer to save money by throwing away recycling programs altogether. While some cities may seek to expand their recycling program, the “feel-good” act depends on the individual. Some communities offer curbside recycling, where a garbage truck picks up the households recyclables and takes the items to a facility to be sorted, recycled, and repurposed. However, some areas lack the convenient program and force the individual to recycle on their own time and commute some ways to do so. This creates a problem by limiting who can recycle versus to who wants to recycle. Factors such as age, gender,…show more content…
Recycling, in its most basic principles, is not a new concept; however, it has become a much more important topic as our modern consumer lifestyle has increased the amount of waste individuals, families and businesses create on a daily and yearly rate. Recycling has become a common household term, whether it is talked about at school, in a PSA or seen in a commercial or TV show, recycling now appears to be a facet in the daily life of the American citizen. During the past ten years, the types of materials collected and recycled have increased greatly, as have the strategies used to collect recyclable materials since the recycling process has become more streamlined and diverse. This has led to a large increase in recycling awareness, activism and even business; new manufacturing products and techniques for production are being created to incorporate recycled material and allow for easier processing in the recycling system. Research on recycling behavior in the U.S. shows how demographic characteristics can impact the rate of recycling, how recycling programs are implemented, and the variance in recycling habits and behavior at the individual, household, and community level. A multitude of reasons, including environmental, social and economic motives, all play a key role in the decision for an individual, let alone a community or city, to recycle or not to…show more content…
By including a survey into the research, I validated my hypothesis further by determining those who have a higher concern for the environment recycle more than those who have a smaller concern. The goal of the study was to find the covariation between the two variables: does a higher concern for the environment cause a higher rate of recycling. This research design consisted of a random sample of fifty students. The randomization of the selection of the fifty students in the experiment will ensure the study is not bias toward one particular type. The study attempts to prove the internal validity between the two variables and a regression model was created to show how the variables reacted with one another. The dependent variable: concern for the environment, was chosen based on an analysis of the overall survey. The question was worded in a way respondents could answer without questioning or second-guessing their answers. Through my predictions, having this question as the dependent variable effects the outcome of the independent variable: rate of recycling, the most. The independent was chosen based off my research and literature review in which the hypothesis states those who recycle are more concerned with the environment. Furthermore, I added other variables that could possibly affect the outcome of the independent variable, these included income level,

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