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Save animals by recycling trash the right way

Updated on July 21, 2012

When you turn on the television, what do you see these days? Do you see the ASPCA sending out more ads for helpful donations. Do you see animals helplessly abused and tortured, whether or not by a human? I do.

ASPCA, & Animals on Television

When I watch T.V., I like to watch Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. It really depends what is on the screen at that time. Well if you have been watching these channels, or even the news, you will see that more animals are dying and going extinct because they are losing their natural habitats.

Nothing we can do?

Some people may think it doesn't matter, and some people may think that there is nothing we can do even if we want to. There is allot of things that you can do to save the wildlife, even from behind your very own doors.

plastic rings from canned beverages. Cut them apart like this...
plastic rings from canned beverages. Cut them apart like this... | Source

There's lots that we can do!


When you go the grocery store and you buy canned beverages wrapped in those plastic circles, make sure that you cut every circle and closed shape. Animals swimming in the ocean, minding their own business, slip into one of those. When they try to take it off they pull it further onto their bodies, wasting their energy, and ultimately they die due to asphyxiation, drowning from loss of energy or bleeding to death when the plastic cuts into their flesh.

Wild animals such as this turtle, get trapped by trash at a very young age. It takes allot of time for plastic to damage or deteriorate, so this is what results.

How does the trash reach the animals?

When we throw our trash out in a certain part of the week, the dump truck comes and takes it away. We don't ever think or realize what happens after that though. After the truck takes away the garbage it travels along to the facilities where they separate the garbage to see if there are any metals or plastics that may be recycled (some places do not recycle at all). After the separations of the trash have been dealt with, the trash is then scooped back up and taken to a facility where they either burn the unwanted trash or place it on a cargo ship to be dumped on an island or country that no one cares much of.

From there, animal curiosities arise and off they go rummaging through the trash to find old food or traces of food. Trash evidently holds them victim...

Garbage doesn't only hurt animals, but humans too...

When garbage has been taken to countries that no one pays attention to, just to be dumped and left on someone's doorstep, toxins, radiations, and dangerous bacteria begin to plume through surrounding locations. Families endure illnesses and infections constantly as a result of the insanitary trash.

Of course trash is never sanitary, but we can take simple steps to help our trash not kill someone or something entirely by itself.

I am always on the go. I can't worry about trash!

If you are a very busy person and don't have time to worry about recycling, there are hundreds of methods you could choose from just to help save one animal or person. That one piece of trash such as broken glass, could be someone's ending result...

Reusable Containers

You can switch all of your beverage containers that are disposable, to re-usable containers. Reusable containers are very cheap these days and come in many shapes, sizes, and strengths in order to take on your needs. Most reusable containers are made easy to clean, if not, have an extra one ready and set the dirty one aside until you have the moment to clean it.


There is allot of garbage constantly going on wrong in the world. One small step you take each day to help can change it all dramatically many years from now. Never stop helping, no matter how busy you are and no matter where you are. Believe it or not this could be happening to your distant relatives or future homes...

I hope you all enjoyed this... Brandon Jared Martin

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This article was a huge eye-opener. It's true - when the garbage truck comes along, most of us don't think about where it goes or what happens - we're just relieved it's left our house. What happens to animals (and humans) afterwards is horrific. Thanks for sharing this - I think more people need to be made aware of this human tragedy that is destroying our planet. Voted up, useful and sharing!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      voted up, the picture of that poor turtle nearly made me cry.It just seems as if nobody cares in this world anymore.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      i live in SF

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thank you all for understanding. For those of you that read this with compassion, I know you are reliable and respectful people! Thank you for helping the world in whatever way(s) that you do :) .

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      oh. How do you like it out there? San Francisco right?

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      Green Dog VT 4 years ago from chester,vt

      You have some eye opening pictures. good hub, very informative.

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      Michelle Keiper 4 years ago

      Great article. Interesting and informative. You may be young and I may be old but it looks like I can still learn a thing or two. Thanks

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      Sally Hayes 4 years ago

      Excellent hub. That picture of the turtle always break my heart. We can be so ignorant sometimes about where our garbage goes. Once it's picked up from the curb, it's "no longer my problem. Out of sight, out of mind."

      My big peeve, living in a large city, is the cigarette butt tossers. Butts tossed on the street eventually end up in the ocean and on beaches where small birds eat them, mistaking them for food. They can't digest them so the butts stay in the bird's stomach. The bird eventually starves to death because it has no room left in it's stomach for real nutrition. Voted Up, Shared and Useful!

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      Brandon Martin 4 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thank you all so much for your comments, and ESPECIALLY your care! Cig. Buds are definitely an issue!! I am most glad to have shared something to you all! I wish you all the best! Thank you! :)

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      Michelle Keiper 4 years ago

      Them butts drive me nuts! Butts and litter exspecialy around the water ways.

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      Michelle Keiper 4 years ago

      Brandon, Thanks for your inlightenment. I shared this article on my facebook page with my readers and sent it on to a friend or two I thought would enjoy your writing. Good luck with your goals.

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      Brandon Martin 4 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Aww! Thank you very Much 'Michelle Keiper' (you have me blushing :) )! You are really helping everything out (me and every unsafe living person/organism/)! Thank you! I wish the same for you!! :)

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      Laura Deibel 4 years ago from Aurora

      I was so pleased in Las Cruces, NM when I lived there. You could take all your recycles to a huge 6-part dumpster. Clear glass here, colored glass there, newespaper here, plastic there.

      We cannot leave trash heaps for our kids....or a huge National Debt!

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      Amy Ney 4 years ago from western North Carolina

      I appreciate your concern for the planet and your emphasis on reusing and recycling.

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      Brandon Martin 4 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thank you. It's an importance that should never be looked over, for sure.

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