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We're Talking Rubbish!
Transcript of We're Talking Rubbish!
Social and Environmental Problem
The disposal of rubbish has been a social and environmental problem for thousands of years. The first landfill site in history was opened by the Ancient Greeks in about 2500BC. They realised they had a problem with rubbish in Athens, so they dug a big hole several kilometres outside town, where all rubbish was thrown, whereall the rubbish was thrown. And we still generally use the same solution today. Next year, over 80% of Europe's rubbish will be dumped in landfill sites and less than 20% will be recycled.
Remember the 3 Rs
We can all do our bit to help solve the problem by remembering 3 Rs:
The main problem is that we're producing amount of rubbish each year and the existing landfill sites are nearly full. Finding new sites isn't easy. Farmland and countryside have to be destroyed.
Plastic takes about 450 years to degrade. We can't burn a lot of it, because the gases that are given off pollute the air.
We've all got to t to reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away.
Also, try not to buy disposable products like single-use cameras and non-rechargeable batteries.
Try to use things as many times as possible before you throw them away.
Glass, paper, plastic - they can all be recycled. Recycling cuts down the waste going to landfill sites and also means factories need to produce fewer new bottles and packets and paper. That means there's less pollution going into the atmosphere from the factories. It also leads to fewer trees being cut down to make paper.
I have used information from
intermediate (student's book)
Do you agree that the problem of rubbish
disposal is very serious?
What do you think about 3R?
Are they a good idea?
Can you think of any other solutions?