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Hi today I’m here to talk to you all about waste, just to give you some scary facts about it and why it is effecting our lives and in a bid to help you people to consider your lifestyle. Firstly I’m going to talk about what actually happens to the stuff we chuck away. When the bin men come and empty the bins they take it to the rubbish dump. After that it gets transported to big incinerators and burned, this is a problem. It is one of the fundamental principles of science that matter can never be destroyed; it can only ever be transformed. So this stuff, once burned it the incinerators still does exsist, but instead of seeing it, we just breath it in. Incineration is the process where our refuse is burned using a concoction of toxic fumes also a lot of the stuff is ejected into the water we will later go onto drink, as it has been discharged through the sewerage system. The heat of the incinerator furnace vaporises some of the hazardous heavy metals – such as mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and tin – found in household waste.
And it causes chemical reactions, producing many new toxic chemicals most of which we wouldn’t know of, but the are nasty things that may eventually cause you, your family or friends Cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, immune system defects, increased allergies and birth defects. Dioxins, which is one of the main toxic gases that are emitted into our air have been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as carcinogenic, and have been described as the most toxic chemicals known to science.
And yet more than half of British babies and toddlers exceed safe levels of dioxin intake. You may have heard of “green” power plants. Some power plants claim to be environmental friendly, but this is false. The use our waste to make power, but only a small quantity of energy lies embedded in these materials. These materials could be recycled. So in the end they are polluting the environment we live in and are fooling you all at the same time. A lot of money is invested into these so-called “green” power plants, which is dreadful when that money could be invested in the struggling wind, wave and solar power facilities in Britain, these are potential power sources and over them the government chooses to hand out money to these corporate tycoons to pollute or air. The government basically disregard these beneficial and lucrative resources.
I feel strongly about this because this is the air you and me breathe. But the main thing we can do is to recycle. One of the main reasons for this is that by the time we’re all adults, the government may have set a “green tax” in a bid to encourage recycling. So, literally we all might end up “paying” for it! We can recycle just about anything if we put our minds to it, and if we aren’t all too lazy! At the moment Reading Council supplies our area with boxes to recycle paper, tins and bottles. These are widely used. But a lot more can be recycled, for example, clothes, plastic bottles, and shoes. Also there are places that recycle mobile phones and print cartridges. So please think about it… it’s you and your kids futures. If nothing is done Cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, immune system defects, increased allergies and birth defects will become a huge problem. So next time you go to throw something away….Think what your gonna breath in because of it.