What’s a good attention grabber for a recycling speech?

I’m doing a recycling speech with a partner but we can’t seem to find a good attention grabber for it. We need help… fast.



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    Try starting with a surprising or interesting fact about recycling.

    “Did you know that in America each individual produces about 1,609 pound of trash per person!


    “it costs $30 per ton to recycle waste, $50 to send it to the landfill, and up to $75 to incinerate it.”

    There is a whole list of interesting facts at A Recycling Revolution. You can target your speech to your audience by looking up local recycling facts or recycling facts that represent your audience.

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    I suggest you start with something startling or dramatic – if you could graphically show how much waste could be reduced in landfills if recyclables are recycled – even if you used one example like plastic water bottles and how much space they take up in a year across America it could grab attention.  Money saved in dollars is always an attention getter as well.  I would go with the amount of landfill space unnecessarily used because it will be a huge amount.

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    Depending on the amount of time allocated, you could start with a quick activity/experiment to see exactly how much people REALLY know, or don’t know about recycling. At the end of the speech, make sure to reference the activity and wrap up your main points all while communicating the point of the activity and solutions. This acts as an attention grabber and as something the audience can relate to. If this is too much to handle, an interesting and shocking fact can also do the trick. Here are some examples:

    Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for five months. (EPA, 2008)

    *Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours. (EPA, 2008)

    When you toss out one aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.

    Each year American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups, enough every year to circle the earth 436 times.



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    Every week, 500,000 trees are wasted by the sunday newspapers that people don’t recycle.


    When i first read the statistic i thought absolutely no way could that be true.  Then i saw it again shortly after somewhere else.  The coincidence was striking but I still wasn’t convinced.  Then twice in one week i was stuck in traffic as I watched a train loaded with timber pass by.  The train was different each time.

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    Drink from a water bottle, and then after you have the audience’s attention for a “taboo” act in a public speech; let them know that recycling that one bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-Watt bulb for six hours.

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