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"From the Ted Talk by Ashton Cofer: A plan to recycle the unrecyclable"

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So the idea for this project all started when a few months earlier, a cuople of my teammates took a trip to Central ariemca and saw beaches littered with syotraofm, or expanded polystyrene foam. And when they came back and told us about it, we really started tnnikhig about the ways in which we see Styrofoam every day. Get a new flat-screen TV? You end up with a block of Styrofoam bigger than the TV itself. Drink a cup of coffee? Well, those Styrofoam coffee cups are sure going to add up. And where do all these items go after their one-time use? Since there aren't any good existing solutions for used Styrofoam, almost all of them end up right in the llafdinl, or the oacens and beaches, taking over 500 years to dreagde. And in fact, every year, the US alone produces over two billion pounds of Styrofoam, filling up a staggering 25 percent of landfills.

Open Cloze

So the idea for this project all started when a few months earlier, a ______ of my teammates took a trip to Central _______ and saw beaches littered with _________, or expanded polystyrene foam. And when they came back and told us about it, we really started ________ about the ways in which we see Styrofoam every day. Get a new flat-screen TV? You end up with a block of Styrofoam bigger than the TV itself. Drink a cup of coffee? Well, those Styrofoam coffee cups are sure going to add up. And where do all these items go after their one-time use? Since there aren't any good existing solutions for used Styrofoam, almost all of them end up right in the ________, or the ______ and beaches, taking over 500 years to _______. And in fact, every year, the US alone produces over two billion pounds of Styrofoam, filling up a staggering 25 percent of landfills.

Solution

  1. thinking
  2. couple
  3. oceans
  4. landfill
  5. degrade
  6. america
  7. styrofoam

Original Text

So the idea for this project all started when a few months earlier, a couple of my teammates took a trip to Central America and saw beaches littered with Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene foam. And when they came back and told us about it, we really started thinking about the ways in which we see Styrofoam every day. Get a new flat-screen TV? You end up with a block of Styrofoam bigger than the TV itself. Drink a cup of coffee? Well, those Styrofoam coffee cups are sure going to add up. And where do all these items go after their one-time use? Since there aren't any good existing solutions for used Styrofoam, almost all of them end up right in the landfill, or the oceans and beaches, taking over 500 years to degrade. And in fact, every year, the US alone produces over two billion pounds of Styrofoam, filling up a staggering 25 percent of landfills.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
activated carbon 4
styrofoam waste 3
science project 3

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