Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement.
To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?
This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 11 Test 2 Writing Task 2.
Some people feel that there is not enough residential waste recycled. They argue that recycling can only be increased if people are legally required to participate. However, I do not think legislation is needed at all. For one thing, low participation in recycling is mainly the result of its inconvenience. For another, awareness campaigns can achieve the same result as legislation does.
It is inconvenient for many people to recycle their household waste. Many people do not actively engage in recycling, not because it is not a mandate but because they do not have access to curbside recycling. If they want to participate, they have to travel long distances to find a recycling center, which discourages them from being active recyclers. Thus, if governments make recycling facilities more accessible, participation will improve greatly even without any legal requirements.
In addition, awareness campaigns can be as effective as laws. It is true that If laws mandate recycling, people will be more aware of its importance. However, this can also be accomplished through awareness campaigns. For example, governments can campaign on social media platforms against the damage that residential waste has caused to this planet. In this way, more people will become alert to the waste crisis this planet is facing and start participating in recycling as a result.
In conclusion, I believe it is completely unnecessary to use laws to increase household recycling since recycling is unpopular mainly because it is inconvenient. Besides, awareness campaigns can have the same effectiveness as laws.
Even though I think laws are not needed to make people recycle more of their waste , in the two body paragraphs I didn’t just talk about other methods. I also talked about “laws”. The question asks about not only “recycling” but also “laws”, so we can’t completely ignore “laws”.
How to Vary Your Language
waste from homes
- household waste
- residential waste
Note that “domestic waste” is not used by normal people in normal conversations. When you are talking about waste handling in an entire city or province, you use the terms “industrial waste” and “domestic waste” to separate the 2 main sources of waste products: factories and homes. However, here we’re not separating household waste from anything, so we should avoid using “domestic waste”.
- to participate in recycling
- participation in recycling
- to engage in recycling
- legally required
Used as a noun: Many people do not actively engage in recycling, not because it is not a mandate but because they do not have access to curbside recycling.
Used as a verb: If laws mandate recycling, people will be more aware of its importance.