Band 9.0 Essay Example: Recycling Rubbish, Two Part Question.

Hello, time for a new IELTS post. It has been a while but I will try to be more regular in posting in the future. As I have a large “back catalogue” of essays, I thought I might share one or two to give you some ideas about how and what to write.

In fact this topic was one of the recent introductions I commented on in my Telegram group “IELTS9PRO”. Feel free to join me there if you like. http://bit.ly/2MTHjxZ

You can see my video for this, and others, on aparat at this link. https://www.aparat.com/v/ptvQZ

Anyway, here is the essay. I hope you find it useful..


In many countries, people do not recycle their rubbish as much as they could.

Why do you think this is? What can be done to change this?

In many parts of the world, not as much rubbish is recycled as it could be. In my view this is because of laziness and a lack of incentive. A possible way to increase recycling could be a fine system by local authorities.

For many people recycling is not something they think about, it is often too much effort to sort out the paper from metal, plastic from glass, etc and put it into separate containers. Also, there is no incentive to do so, as in many countries there are groups of people who make a living from sorting out rubbish to sell and make a living. For example, when I lived in Istanbul I would see gypsies everyday going from rubbish bin to rubbish bin looking for paper, metal, and other resellable items. So without a reason to recycle, it is clear that many people will just leave it to someone else.

This issue could be solved however, by forcing people to sort their rubbish at penalty of a fine. For example, in the UK, every house has a paper bin, metal bin, a bin for plastic, household waste, etc. So when the dustbin men come to collect, they report householders who do not recycle to the local council, who then investigate and have the power to fine the offenders. This system may seem draconian but it works, as no one wants to pay more than they have to to local authorities.

In conclusion, recycling in some countries is not as widespread as it should be. I believe this is due to people being naturally lazy as they know it is someone else’s problem. However, this mindset can be changed by compelling people to properly categorise their rubbish upon pain of a financial penalty.

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