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INSIDE Features 2 Radish 6 Entertainment 8 Sports 9 Opinions 10 Arts Trips Groups head to various locations of learning The Radish The wait is over... Track Teams look to reclaim SPC titles Page 2 Page 6-7 Page 9 THE KNIGHT TIMES Official Student Newspaper of Episcopal High School March 2018 4650 Bissonnet, Bellaire, Texas 77401 Volume 33, Issue 7 Recycling is more beneficial than many realize ELLIE RAGIEL Staff Writer EHS recycling begins with education Environmental efforts can only improve with better understanding Every high schooler in 2018 might remember the Disney Channel environmental campaigns aimed at getting young people to recycle. Think of Mitchell Musso, a young actor famous for his role on Hannah Montana at the time, singing his song “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! (The 3 Rs)” during the commercial break of one of your favorite shows, circa 2009. If you are a citizen of humanity (and not just an avid Disney Channel watcher), you have been fed some of the recycling Kool-Aid at one point or another. Recently, recycling has been on the minds of the EHS community as many students wonder what really happens to that water bottle or piece of paper they drop into one of the many blue bins on campus. But even after we are assured that our recyclables really make it to a recycling plant, what exactly is the greater environmental value of recycling? Since recycling first became mainstream in the late 20th century, critics have continually questioned whether it actually benefits the environment in a way that counterbalances the hassle and cost associated with recycling. The truth is that, in the Houston market especially, recycling is very economical and can even help businesses save money. On the environmental front, recycling first became the status quo because of the belief that American landfills were running out of space. While this has since been disproven by various studies, recycling is still worthwhile because it helps conserve raw material, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and overall creates a much more sustainable society. Remember to always recycle and be informed on all the ways you can assist the process on the EHS campus. Mr. Kary Kemble utilizes one of the many recycling bins around campus to dispose of papers. EHS has recycling bins inclusive to all recyclable material, as well as specific bins for cans and bottles. By making a conscious effort to recycle, students can contribute to the recycling efforts around campus. Photo by Lauren Porter. By giving material to recycling plants, consumers help recycling companies as well as the environment. Image courtesy of ISABELLA GOODMAN Staff Writer In today’s world where society is constantly bombarded with information about environmental consciousness, we all know that it is important to make an effort to recycle. In every classroom and beside every printer at EHS, a blue recycle box sits and gets continually filled up, but many have wondered how much we actually recycle at EHS. In addition to the recycling bins, there are bottle recycling centers near the gym and other athletic venues. According to Mr. Robert Buckelew, director of facilities, EHS recycles all cardboard boxes that come from “food services, the campus store, athletics, and other departments as they receive large shipments.” The EHS recycle dumpster is emptied three times a week, and it is usually at capacity. In order to get this dumpster emptied more, we would need to have more recycled materials. How do we get better at recycling? Students need to be aware of what can and cannot be recycled because when nonrecyclables get put into the recycling bins, it can be costly and time-consuming to try and separate items out. When people throw their food into the recycling bins, it can contaminate the bag of recycling. When this happens, waste management has a right to throw recycling into the general trash. Overall, this undermines the effort to recycle. We have long heard PSAs and seen flyers about recycling, but many people still do not know what they can and cannot recycle. If we would truly like to “stand out,” we need to commit to being better when it comes to recycling. Mr. Buckelew urges the EHS community to make the recycling program a greater priority. We can do this by educating ourselves and making sure that we are all doing our part to recycle more.

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