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Our lesson on recycling offers the perfect blend of English language practice and real-world knowledge. As you immerse yourself in this captivating lesson, you'll uncover surprising facts about recycling, and learn essential vocabulary that will enrich your understanding of this crucial environmental issue.
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The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest.
⭐ Lady Bird Johnson, former US First Lady.
Discover an engaging English lesson that will help you improve your English listening skills and learn about an important environmental topic: recycling. This lesson is designed to keep you interested while you practice your English, expanding your vocabulary with real-world examples. Get ready to learn fascinating facts about recycling and explore essential terms that will enhance your language abilities. Don't miss this unique opportunity to become a more confident English speaker while increasing your awareness of global environmental issues.
The Earth is what we all have in common.
⭐ Wendell Berry, an American author, poet, and environmental activist.
This type of English listening lesson will help you with concrete actions, tips and advice that offer practical help in learning to speak English fluently. You can expect:
- This lesson provides clear examples and guidance, ensuring you'll express your thoughts on recycling and the environment effectively in English.
- Embrace the learning process in a supportive environment, where making mistakes is part of refining your English fluency in environmental topics.
- This lesson helps you connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for English and interesting English listening practice topics, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual understanding.
The key benefit of repeat listening to this type of lesson is it helps you develop English fluency by integrating essential vocabulary and real-world knowledge. By exploring an engaging topic like recycling, you'll naturally expand your vocabulary while also learning valuable phrases and expressions related to environmental issues. This context-driven approach will enable you to understand and use English more effectively in real-life conversations, ultimately enhancing your overall language proficiency and fluency.
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- Listening to podcasts on recycling and environmental awareness will introduce you to unique British slang and idioms related to the environment. For example, phrases like "close to my heart" and "early adopter" are used in the passage provided. Becoming familiar with these expressions helps learners sound more like native British English speakers.
- Exploring topics like recycling and environmental awareness can expose you to specific, industry-related vocabulary that they might not encounter in traditional English courses. This can enhance your overall language proficiency and allow you to engage in more in-depth conversations about specialized subjects.
- Listening to podcasts about recycling and environmental awareness can improve your ability to understand different British accents and dialects. Exposure to various regional accents enhances your listening comprehension and adaptability, making it easier for you to communicate with diverse British English speakers.
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This English lesson is like a treasure hunter exploring a sunken ship, uncovering hidden gems of fluency while navigating the captivating seas of recycling and environmental awareness
- How does learning about recycling and environmental awareness improve my English fluency? Engaging with interesting content like recycling and environmental awareness helps you naturally develop language skills, vocabulary, and comprehension in an enjoyable and effective manner.
- What specific vocabulary can I learn from this lesson? You'll learn industry-related vocabulary related to recycling, such as "landfill," "wishcycling," and "recyclable," which can enhance your overall language proficiency.
- Will this lesson expose me to British slang or idioms? Yes, the lesson includes British expressions like "close to my heart" and "early adopter," helping you sound more like a native British English speaker.
- Can this lesson help me understand different British accents and dialects? Listening to podcasts on diverse topics can improve your listening comprehension and adaptability, making it easier to communicate with various British English speakers.
- How can I apply the knowledge gained from this lesson to real-life situations? By learning about recycling and environmental awareness, you'll be able to engage in more in-depth conversations on specialized subjects and make more environmentally conscious decisions in your daily life.
- Fortnight: every 14 days
- Landfill: a place where waste is buried under the ground
- Householder: a person who lives in a house or flat
- Wishcycling: putting non-recyclable items into recycling, hoping they will be recycled
- Feasible: able to be done or achieved
- Microparticles: very small pieces of something, like broken down plastic
- Contaminate: to make something impure or harmful by adding unwanted substances
- Recyclable: able to be processed and used again
- Commercially: related to business or buying and selling products
- Incentives: things that encourage or motivate someone to do something
Hi there. If you're looking for quality content to practise your English language listening, you are in the right place. This is what Adept English specialises in. Great content, which enables you to practise your English while actually being interesting at the same time! Today, let's look at an environmental topic. If you listen regularly, you'll know that this is 'close to my heart', as we say in English.
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Where are we up to in the world with recycling? Some interesting facts coming your way today about recycling and some great English language vocabulary for you to learn. Here goes.
So recycling, that's R E C Y C L I N G. It's been around in the UK for a long time. I was what you call 'an early adopter'. Probably 30 years ago I was collecting glass and tins and cardboard and periodically driving it down to the dump so that it could be recycled.
Things have progressed since then, and for a long time now, the recycling in the UK is picked up from your door. They give you a special bin to put it all in. That's 'bin', B I N.
The recycling is collected every fortnight. That means 'every 14 days' from your doorstep. Very convenient. No more driving to the dump with it.
And the range of things that you are invited to recycle has increased. Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, cartons, etc. And food waste. This is now collected in a different bin.
But how much have things really improved?
There were a series of programmes on television in the UK in recent years, about where your recycling ends up, where your recycling really goes. And it's not where you think!
It was reported in these programmes that the things which we've often sent, 'in good conscience' for recycling often end up on rubbish dumps or in landfill, in some distant part of the world, and not being recycled at all. 'Landfill', L A N D F I L L is where you bury the rubbish under the ground.
So essentially we're being told a lie. We're being told that our materials are being recycled, but that's not what's happening. And countries in different parts of the world are ending up with our rubbish.
It's just rubbish in a different place! And it's incurred shipping costs.
Another problem that's been identified? As 'householders', so that's H O U S E H O L D E R S - that just means 'people who live in houses or flats', 'people who have a household', in other words. As householders who put our recycling into the recycling bin, we're often guilty of what's been called 'wishcycling'. That's a new made-up word in English - 'wishcycling', W I S H C Y C L I N G.
And that's used to mean when we're putting things into our recycling bin that we 'wish' would be recycled, but actually they aren't. They're not 'recyclable'. So R E C Y C L A B L E means 'able to be recycled'. Many things can't be, and what we're actually doing with 'wishrecycling' is contaminating our recycling, meaning that it's more likely to end up in landfill, buried in the ground.
So a certain level of expertise is needed in order to recycle properly, in order to know what to put in your recycling. For years if we had takeaway pizza, not often, 'cause I usually make my own, but after takeaway pizza, I would make sure that the pizza cartons were put into the recycling. Only recently did I learn that if there's any oil or grease in the cardboard, it can't be recycled.
So 'wishcycling' really is a problem. And because of the cost of sorting, that's S O R T I N G or processing your recycling, putting the wrong thing in there can often mean the whole lot goes into landfill. It doesn't get recycled. Arghhh!
And there's a difference in how feasible it is to recycle certain materials. The word 'feasible', F E A S I B L E, just means 'able to be done', 'able to be achieved'.
So if you're looking at recycling for cardboard, paper this is feasible. And metal like your can of Coke, this is feasible. Rates of recycling for those materials are very high.
However, how many people know that those printed receipts that you get when you go shopping, they mustn't go into recycling, apparently.
Glass is somewhere in the middle. And what is really problematic from the point of view of recycling? You've guessed it. Plastic, P L A S T I C.
In one of the articles I read for this podcast - and the link is in the transcript on our website at adeptenglish.com, there was the statistic that it's estimated that only 9% of the plastic ever produced in the world has been recycled. 9%.
So we're still filling the world and our seas with plastic.
In the UK and many other places, much of our food comes from the supermarket in plastic packaging.
Plastic packaging is cheap to manufacture. It's hygienic. And it's good for shipping. The food is more likely to arrive undamaged. But most of the plastic that we put into our recycling bins isn't recyclable at all, and it damages the environment massively. Not only does this plastic contaminate the load of recycling, but plastics end up in the sea. They break down into 'microparticles', teeny tiny little bits. They're ingested by fish. And ultimately, they find their way into our drinking water and our bodies.
There is now so much plastic in the sea, so many microparticles all broken up that it is virtually impossible to remove it. It will be there forever. That's not a nice thought!
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Back to the topic. In many ways, the ordinary 'householder', the ordinary person doing recycling has very little control over what happens to that recycling.
How can we be more responsible citizens of the world if we care about our impact on the environment? It's easy to feel powerless.
So one thing that we can do is to make sure we're only putting things into our recycling that actually can be recycled.
On plastics alone, there are huge differences in what can be recycled in different schemes around the world.
In many countries, there is that labelling system. It's a little triangle with a number in it - numbers 1 to 7. How many people actually look at this though? It's worth educating yourself about this. What do those numbers mean?
So if that little triangle has a number 1 or a number 2 in it, that means this packaging, this plastic can be widely recycled. So probably your scheme can take it. Whereas if that little triangle has a 5, a 6 or a 7 in it, those are plastics which are not widely recycled.
So they need to go in the rubbish, not the recycling bin. You don't want to 'wishcycle' and end up with your whole load of recycling being binned.
So what else can you do about this?
One of the big problems is how much food manufacturers and food retailers - that means the supermarkets - rely on plastics for food packaging. It can really be hard to do a food shop without accumulating a lot of plastic, most of which probably can't be recycled.
You can change your lifestyle. You can shop at market stalls or at farmer's markets where what you buy is more likely to be put into a paper bag. But that can be expensive. Many people don't have the money and they may not have the time to shop at market stalls.
To some extent, you can make different choices in the supermarket though. UK supermarkets now charge for plastic carrier bags and many of them don't offer plastic bags to put your loose fruit and vegetables in either.
Instead, they encourage reusable ones. Often their ones are still plastic, but you could use your own cotton bags for your loose fruit and vegetables perhaps.
And if you don't want to pay for carrier bags or buy another carrier bag, it's good to have reusable carrier bags, which are in the boot of your car, or which you carry with you. Fewer plastic bags is good.
When you go to Starbucks or Costa Coffee, you can take a reusable cup. And actually you can save a fair bit on plastic packaging by taking a packed lunch to work. It's likely to be cheaper as well.
But I think on the whole, this is an issue for food manufacturers and food retailers. For many people, that's supermarkets and their suppliers.
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If you're on a budget for your food shopping, you may not be able to make choices around which food you buy. You may have to just buy what's affordable. You may just have to buy what you can afford, regardless of its packaging.
And the problem is the food retailers and food manufacturers are businesses, so they have to bear in mind commercial considerations, what works commercially, that's C O M M E R C I A L L Y. They have to remain competitive, so I think this is the place where governments need to step in.
And probably this is only going to happen if lots of people put pressure on. Lots of people want improvement in this area.
Governments could provide incentives to food retailers and manufacturers to use less packaging. And also they could influence recycling schemes so that more of the items are actually recycled, fewer end up in landfill and end up in the sea. Wouldn't that be good?
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