Recycling Should Be Mandatory

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Kathleen Ochshorn

In the following viewpoint Kathleen Ochshorn argues that mandatory recycling laws help reduce waste, lessen environmental impact, create jobs, generate profits, and promote a sense of community. She uses the example of Nova Scotia's recycling laws to show these benefits of mandatory recycling. In that community, residents are required to sort their trash, which keeps nonessential waste out of landfills. Also, trash is picked up once every two weeks, which reduces the gas needed for trash trucks and produces less air pollution. In Ochshorn's opinion, recycling is good for the local economy. She explains that the sale of recyclables brings in profits to the community and also creates jobs in the recycling industry. For all these reasons, Ochshorn concludes that mandatory recycling systems are an effective and profitable way of promoting community environmentalism.

Ochshorn teaches English and writing at the University of Tampa. She is also an editor at the Tampa Review.

Kathleen Ochshorn, "A Sort of Trash Therapy," St. Petersburg Times, July 29, 2007, p. 1P. Copyright © 2007 The St. Petersburg Times. Reproduced by permission of the author.

"Though it took a few days to get used to sorting the garbage and we kept the brochure handy in the kitchen, we've come to see the wisdom of the system."

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