Bring Recycling to Illinois Apartment Complexes

Target: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Equip all Illinois apartment complexes with recycling services

Many Illinois apartment dwellers are eager to contribute to a clean earth by recycling. Sadly, many apartment complexes do not offer recycling services, and therefore the recyclable materials from every apartment unit end up in landfills that support the waste of thousands of residents. While it takes a lot of work to effectively recycle, it is a necessary step to keep our planet as clean as possible. Appeal to the Environmental Protection Agency and request that all apartment complexes invest in recycling services.

When recycling was a new industry, it cost significantly more than trash disposal. Now, however, the benefits of recycling overcompensate for the difference in cost. Because landfills are inefficient methods of storing waste, they contribute to global warming by releasing methane at alarming rates. In addition to this, they pollute groundwater and other waterways that result in harmful damage to the ecosystem. Consequently, the long-term costs of maintaining landfills are notably more expensive. Preventative methods are the best ways to mitigate environmental problems, and therefore the state of Illinois should provide recycling services to apartment residents, regardless of a small increase in short-term cost.

In many areas, there is also an economic incentive for residents to recycle on a regular basis. Recycling programs can actually result in positive revenue and state monetary gains. Waukesha County in Wisconsin, for example, is now receiving a $6.50 per ton bonus for recyclables coming into their private materials recycling facility in addition to revenue from the sale of materials that would otherwise have been dumped in a landfill. Counties like this can lose hundreds of dollars by tossing recyclable material, and this is the problem that Illinois apartments contribute to by failing to recycle.

With all the benefits that recycling brings to this country, it is a waste that many apartment complexes are not equipped with recycling services for their residents. The waste that accumulates as a result of throwing away recyclable materials is not only inefficient cost-wise, but is also extremely harmful to the environment. For these reasons, Illinois apartment complexes should make recycling possible for all residents. Appeal to the EPA and let them know that recycling is a priority in this country.


Dear United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),

It is public knowledge that recycling is beneficial for many reasons. While plenty of U.S. citizens recycle on a regular basis, apartment residents in Illinois do not have this option easily available to them. It is disappointing that so many apartment complexes do not offer recycling services, either due to cost or inconvenience. Numerous studies have shown, however, that the short-term costs and petty inconveniences of recycling far outweigh the long-term benefits.

Landfills are inefficient because they take up large amounts of space, negatively affect the environment by air and water pollution, and they are also home to many recyclable materials that could be reused for profit. In this regard, recycling is not only beneficial cost-wise, as recyclable materials churn back revenue, but a reduction in landfill waste has extremely positive effects on the environment. There is no reason that apartment complexes should not offer recycling services, especially when they house so many residents. Many of these people would be willing to recycle regularily if given the chance, and I urge you to take a stand and fight for apartment-wide recycling in the state of Illinois.


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