IELTS Task 2 – Model Essay – Agree or Disagree – Recycling

By | March 27, 2013
Here is a model IELTS essay for an Agree or Disagree essay question.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:
Recycling involves cost and effort. The cost and effort of recycling are not worth the results. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Recycling has become an important part of waste management systems in many areas, and countless cities have recycling programs in place. Modern technologies have enabled us to recycle a wide range of products including paper, plastic, and metals. However, people’s opinions differ when it comes to the net gains of recycling.

Proponents of recycling are well aware of its many benefits. For instance, when we use what is already available, we consume fewer natural resources such as oil, coal and water. When we reuse something as it is, such as a container, recycling is virtually free. In addition, recycling old paper into new paper reduces the burden on the environment and saves trees. Reusing what we have also reduces the volume of our landfills. It is quite evident that recycling is a valuable way to conserve our natural resources.

Despite the obvious benefits of recycling, there are people who question its efficacy. It is often argued that recycling involves a high overall cost. Creating new products from old products is a complex process and costs money. Setting up recycling programs is very expensive in the beginning and the return on investment can be low. There are also burdens on the environment. Surprisingly, some recycling processes produce large amounts of green house gases, toxins and chemicals, which are then released into our environment.

Personally, I do not agree with the view that recycling is not worth the cost and effort. Considering the benefits and drawbacks of recycling, I believe it is a viable option in waste management. I think that we should try our best to recycle what we have, as well as address any problems that arise from recycling.  (282 words)


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