Some People Claim That Not Enough Of the Waste

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 in Cambridge IELTS 11 Test 2 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

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.

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Task Response

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 two 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
  • recycler
legal requirement
  • legally required
  • legislation
  • mandate

“Mandate” 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.

“Mandate” used as a verb: If laws mandate recycling, people will be more aware of its importance.

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  1. Please give me feedback about this My first time:

    Nowadays, some people feels that there is not enough residential waste recycled. They argue that only be increased if people are legally required to participate. However, I believe that there is need of government interference to solve this problem.

    The main reason of this problem is people don’t want to make an effort
    because they are not aware of importance of recycling. Although, they
    are some people differentiate their household waste based on the item(glass, plastic and dry etc.)
    which need to be recycled or not that happen because there is a rule which created by state
    government. Instead of this rule some people don’t follow it. So, I think there should be rule
    that who don’t follow this should pay some amount as a fine. It will increase people
    participation because most of the individual don’t want to deduct their money.

    On the other side, It should be improve with help of people who are separating their household waste for recycling they should share their knowledge to other people in their locality or society by doing some type of campaigns or surveys. So, that other people also know about it and follow this. Accordingly teacher should tell their students do some type of activity related to this to spreads awareness that can be only done if education system make it compulsory indirectly it’s also need a laws.
    In conclusion, I believe that there should be need of a rule and regulation by government. So that we see more participation of individual towards recycling household waste.

  2. Hi, can you rate this please so that I can have an idea about my score?

    There are some debates about the recycling that has been doing at home by individuals. Some people say that it is not sufficient enough if it is up to humans therefore governments should adjust some legal regulations according to it.

    I believe that if recycling leaves up to humans most of them will not take an action. In the case of Turkey, which is a country that there are no regulations about recycling, almost none of the society recycle their waste. They do not categorize their waste accordingly to the material like whether if it is plastic or paper, thus, they are not careful about being eco-friendly. Even though there are some encouragements from the government about recycling like creating stands for different materials to recycle on every neighborhood, the society do not use them because it is up to them to use it or not.

    However, if the governments take more action and create legal regulations for forcing people to recycle their waste, people will and have to recycle. Maybe not because they want to be eco-friendly but because out of fear. In the case of Germany, which is a country that has strict regulations for recycling, every house and house member recycle their own waste. They have to create categories for different material for their waste therefore almost every garbage from their home is sending to be recycled. In addition to that, they put automats that give money if you put plastic bottles, cans, etc. in every supermarket and government encourage people to recycle their waste from first hand with the advantage of gaining money. Therefore, the government create a smart way to encourage people but not just put stands like Turkey.

    In come to conclusion, legal requirements have to set up for encourage people to recycle their waste and should not leave up to people’s wishes.

    1. Sorry, I have to give it a 5.5. In your first body paragraph, you only said that people in Turkey do not recycle their waste, but you didn’t explain WHY the low participation is because there are no relevant laws.

      In your second body paragraph, you first said “fear”. I expected you to go on to explain how or why laws can make people afraid of not participating in recycling. However, I didn’t see such an explanation in your “Germany” example. What makes things worse is that later on, you switched from ‘fear’ to ‘give money’. First of all, ‘give money’ is irrelevant to laws. Secondly, You should have only one main idea in each of your body paragraphs.

      1. Hi Lilie,grateful if you post some comments on my essay below.

        Some people believe that rubbish produced at homes is not recycled properly. They argue that governments should legislate to force people to do recycling. Although it is important that governments should start awareness campaigns to tell people about the environmental benefits of recycling, I strongly believe that governments should legislate on this subject. This essay will highlight why laws are necessary to encourage people about recycling the waste.

        One way the governments can use to convince people about recycling is through the campaigns. They can advertise on print or electronic media or start a door-to-door campaigns about the benefits of recycling. This will increase the awareness of the people. The other way is to incentivize people to plant home-based recycling machinery to reprocess the waste. For example, in Pakistan, government started giving small loans to farmers to install the plants to produce electricity from animal dung. However, these measures are not enough to do recycling on large scale.

        On the other hand, governments can use the power of legislation to enact a public law on recycling. The law will provide a clear mechanism to people to recycle the waste and violations of those rules invoke punishments. This will clearly set people on a path where they make this a routine habit to recycle their waste. An example of this can be seen in Australia where government enact the Litter Act to enforce recycling of plastic. Hence, the legislating and implementation of the law on recycling provide a consistent approach to public in general.

        In conclusion, governments can use the soft tactics like awareness campaign to encourage people about the recycling of waste but legislating the public law on recycling is the best way to do it.

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