Eye of the Editors: Greener Environment

DBHS must implement a recycling system in order to reap the monetary benefits.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. This familiar phrase has been stated repeatedly throughout our educational careers. We are encouraged to recycle plastic bottles, paper goods, and aluminum cans in order to protect the world. In the recent years, more people have become aware about recycling’s importance due to the increasing rate at which our ozone layer is decreasing and the detrimental effects of global warming. In fact, there has been a 100% increase in the total recycling in the United States during the past decade. Many places have implemented recycling systems such as recycling bins found in the majority of America’s households. Recycling has proven to reduce energy usage, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gases. Despite its benefits towards our environment, recycling is also a quick and easy way for one to earn some extra pocket money, as each can or plastic bottle is worth five cents. So why doesn’t Diamond Bar High School take advantage of this potential monetary benefit and implement an effective recycling system?

In each classroom, there is an eminent blue box that stores all the recyclable goods. One would expect those goods to be collected at the end of the week and disposed in a separated dumpster that will eventually be sent away to a recycling center. However, our recycling system ends at the conspicuous blue box. All the recyclable goods are tossed in the general garbage bin along with the smelly banana peels. What is the point, then, of separating them in the first place? Why bother specifying if there is no use?

There are approximately 3,000 Diamond Bar students. The majority of them use a plastic bottle every day. By collecting one plastic bottle from each student, the school could earn $150 a day. The school could raise $750 a week solely on recycling bottles. Not to mention all the leftover papers used by classrooms. This can contribute to the funds needed for school activities that can benefit the student body.

According to a school official, the district used to collect the recyclable goods and return the funds back to the school. Currently, there is a specific bin allotted for recyclable goods next to the J Building. Unfortunately, not all of these goods end up there. As a consequence of the lack an organized plan, we are deprived of an efficient and organized system that will prove to benefit both the environment and the school. We need to have a central location for all the recycled goods in order to create an effective and convenient system.  It is imperative that we re-implement the lost recycling system in order to encourage a greener school and environment.