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Recycling research In Fig 1 we see that 87% of the questioned people are encouraged to recycle

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In Fig 1 we see that 87% of the questioned people are encouraged to recycle and just a small percentage of 13% feels that they are not encouraged to recycle. And in Fig 2 we can see that 80% of the people are also provided with the right equipment however a small 20% is not provided with the right equipment to recycle. However people had also good reasons to recycle these reasons are shown in Fig 5. Out of 21 people 62% recycle because they want to keep the environment clean, 24% recycle because they are worried about the next generations- they want to sustain the resources. 5 % recycles because other people do it as well. This could result through the lack of knowledge on recycling. 9% recycles for different reasons. One of these reasons is that they want to make a difference to the planet. They believe that even though they are only one person they can make a difference. Those that recycle follow different recycling systems shown in Fig 6. Out of the 21 questioned people one of them forgot to answer this question so I have not included this person in my chart. 50% of the people who recycle, recycle 2-4 times a month. This also included twice a week. 30% recycle their rubbish less than 2 time a month. 20% recycle their rubbish more than 4 times a months including recycling everyday. I have asked all 30 questioned citizens living in Sydenham despite recycling or not, they would promote recycling in general. Most people have reacted positively and were willing to promoted recycling. Most of the people who didn't recycle were willing to promote recycling as well, showing that they know the importance of recycling. In Fig 7 87% were willing to promote recycling. It shows that not only the 53% of the people who recycle are willing to promote recycling their rubbish but also 34% of the people who don't recycle are willing to promote recycling rubbish. ...read more.

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13.5% are not sure whether they would want to promote recycling; with a bit of knowledge we could get these people to recycle. Another 13.5% does definitely not want to recycle. I asked those who answered 'No' on recycling to specify why they would recycle and why they wouldn't. It seemed that most people were aware of the uses of recycling but still didn't recycle. In my opinion recycling should be encouraged. Why? Because recycling does not waste material. One thing that is not useful for one person could be made into all sorts of things. To comment back onto the fact that it is expensive, I believe that it doesn't matter how much it costs as long as we live in hygiene and with sustaining the use of material for further generations. Another thing is that when we throw away our waste we do not think were it goes. Because this waste piles up and the only way to get rid of these materials is by burning it. However not everything is able to burn e.g. some plastics. These plastics can be mould into different shapes. Burning will also cause the carbon emissions to increase causing and unbalanced carbon cycle which could lead to global warming. One of the people in my investigation was claiming that before the ozone layer becomes thinner and that when the greenhouse gases trap heat leading to Global warming she would e already dead. However this person does not think about her child, grandchild and so on. The most useful material to be recycled is Aluminium because it is a light, easily crushed metal often used as cans, aluminium foil etc. Aluminium is big part of our lives to sustain aluminium we can use modern technology to recycle them. So instead of throwing them in the mixed bins, why shouldn't we throw it in the recycle bins and become more environmental friendly? ...read more.

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Image 1 shows us a fortnightly recycling company who comes and pick up material that can be recycled (Not in Sydenham) I had limited the people (who had to the answer the questionnaire ) to the choose of 5 of the recycling material shown on in image 1 in the previous page. However I had left open an option for other recycling material. This could have affected my investigation as not many people are bothered to think for themselves but rather want to see it on paper and just tick it. The results are shown on Fig 8. People were able to choose more than one answer. This the reason why there are 60 answers. Chart 8 shows that out of the people who recycle paper is the most common with 28% whilst aluminium us second with 22%. I believe if people had known more about recycling and their uses more people would be recycling aluminium. On third place plastic is recycled with 18% and on fourth place batteries with 15%. On fifth place glass is recycled with 13% this could be, because not all glass material can be recycled. On last place there is textile, wood, carton with a small 3%. It seems in most charts I have included that there are many people are recycling the right materials however a large group does not. Also most people are aware of the advantages of recycling but don't recycle because something is stopping them. I have asked all people what we could do to get more people to recycle. Most wanted that recycling should be made easier whilst others wanted that more recycling people should come and pick up the materials and more advertising plus. Advise should be given. However the best answer was to make recycling part of the law and force people to recycle. In conclusion in the Sydenham area a large amount of people are encouraged, provided withthe right facilities to recycle and most people do recycle. However a large part does not and they have answered how we could improve it so that more people recycle. ...read more.

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