Implementing Recycling Bins in All Schools across Australia

Implementing Recycling Bins in All Schools across Australia

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My name is Abby Boyle. I am 12 years old and I am very passionate about the environment. This petition regards implementing recycling bins in all schools across Australia, both public and private. As a student of the future generation, I am aware of the issues and consequences of plastic waste and the importance of recycling. However, we do not act in many of our schools. I have made it my mission to enforce this and change the future of our nation, one bin at a time. 

There are nearly 10,000 schools across Australia and most of these do not recycle. A majority of the waste produced among schools can be recycled such as paper, cardboard and plastics from the canteen. Recycling reduces landfill space, conserves non-renewable resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and the environment. On average, each Australian citizen throws out 330 kilograms of paper and 118 kilograms of plastic each year. This figure must decrease, not increase. Most of this could be recycled, even single-use plastics, through the RedCycle project. Australians send 1.9 million tonnes of paper to landfill each year and 70% of this waste could be reused or recycled. Paper contains valuable raw materials and is manufactured with oil which contributes to producing greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes up to 1,000 years to decompose. When we dispose of this waste, it is sent to landfill to break down into micro-plastics to contaminate our waterways or it is discarded incorrectly and ends up in the ocean. As a consequence, our marine life is under threat. Victims to this waste include turtles which ingest the plastic and die from malnutrition. Each year, the waste that we produce is killing 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals. 90% of all seabirds, over 50% of all sea turtles and over 66% the world’s fish population have ingested plastic. In addition to this, when we eat seafood, we are ingesting the plastic that the marine animal consumed. Therefore, we are impacting both marine species and people. Plastics are manufactured from non-renewable resources such as crude oil, gas, and coal. When they are processed, they generate greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, when plastic breaks down, they also release greenhouse gases. This is destructive for our planet. Is this the world we want future generations to be built upon? A nation of throw-away societies? This is not Australia. If recycling bins were enforced, it would educate the next generation to recycle and reduce their waste footprint. It would reduce landfill space and save resources.  It would increase Australia’s overall recycling rate and would conserve Australia’s beautiful marine life, beaches, and reefs. As a part of the future generation of a world that is dominated by waste, together, we can make a difference. Change starts with a small, simple action. Change starts now. I am calling upon you, as members of our nation, to protect the environment and educate the next generation to look after Australia.

Please sign or share this petition if you sincerely care for the well being of our environment.

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your consideration and contribution for changing the future, one small, simple step at a time. 

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