Can You Say Incentive? People Being Paid To Recycle!
Have you ever finished drinking out of a water bottle and right before you were about to throw it in the trash, realized that you should recycle it? Most of us have, but in some states, people don’t even own a recycle bin. Recycling transforms objects that would otherwise be put in a garbage dump into materials that we could use in a productive way. So you would think that recycling is the ideal action and many people wouldn’t think twice about doing it, right? Well, think again.
I know that many people, including myself, were unaware that in some states, people are being paid to recycle. When your trash company comes by to pick up your trash, they weigh your trash and the more you recycle, the more “RecycleBank” dollars you earn. “RecycleBank” dollars can be spent in participating retailers such as Whole Foods, RiteAid, and Starbucks. As of right now, over 250 companies are a part of this incentive program. My definition of an incentive is something, money or food, for example that you would give someone for accomplishing a goal. Incentives are an amazing way to make someone achieve an objective, but in the long run, what do they really say?
When I initially heard about this program, I thought, “That’s great! So many people will recycle now!” But now that I think about it, it is kinda sad that we need an incentive to do something so beneficial for our environment. The fact that we need incentives to do something as simple as recyclingis another component of how little people care about what is happening to our planet. Most people, when confronted with the topic of recycling, will ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” If we start preserving our planet now, we will be creating a better world for our childrenand our children’s children, and so on. But as long as some people don’t want to do anything, we can’t make progress.
Nowadays, many people feel that there are as many issues that are more prominent and relevant to them, such as the recession we are currently in. I class, we talked about whether or not the government and economy and the environment depend on each other. I think that we need to in order to really fix the issue of global warming; we need to do something about the economy. I feel that each issue is affected by one another. For example, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the costs of the damages were over eighty billion dollars. We already owed money to other countries, and paying this much money only made matters worse. So if the economy is improved, we can spend more money on improving our environment.