The graph below shows percentages of different types of household waste which were recycled in one city between 1992 and 2002.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words.
The bar chart illustrates how much household waste was recycled in a city from 1992 to 2002, and the data is presented in percentage.
In 1992, cans, as one type of the household waste, were recycled with the largest share, which amounts to 14%, followed by paper and glass (13% for each type), and then by plastic (10%). By 1997, the recycling rates of the waste materials such as plastic, paper, and glass all increased to varying degrees (13% for plastic, 18% for paper, and 29% for glass), except for the cans which slightly decreased to 12%.
After 5 years, the recycling difference among these 4 waste types became more obvious. The recycling percentage for plastic kept stable at 13%. In terms of cans, despite a marginal drop between 1992 and 1997, their recycling rates went up by almost 10% from 1997 to 2002. It should be noted that glass and paper reuse kept increasing. Nearly one half of glass waste and one third of paper waste were recycled in 2002.
To conclude, plastic waste recycling rates remained relatively steady during the decade while paper and glass were recycled at a remarkable increasing rate. The amount of waste cans being recycled showed a trend of fluctuation.
①to varying degrees: 不同程度
③relatively: adv. 相对来说
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题目：Universities and colleges are now offering qualifications through distance learning from the Internet rather than teachers in the classroom. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
These days online education has become extremely popular, and an increasing number of universities and institutes are offering degrees by empowering people to learn from online courses rather than lectures at school. Despite the numerous advantages associated with distance learning, I think such a method cannot completely take the place of the traditional face-to-face classroom.
On the one hand, the benefits of taking courses online are obvious. First of all, the great variety of online programs and courses is a huge advantage of this type of education. Through an online learning platform such as Coursera or edX, students could choose any courses they are interested in from the world's best universities, some of which are even free of charge. In the traditional way, attending a prestigious school is so expensive that only with all those budgets can students be enrolled in. Another advantage is that distance learning helps many grownups upgrade their qualifications in their jobs with its convenience and flexibility. Even with a busy schedule, one can find some spare time to take a course or study through this way.
On the other hand, online education also has drawbacks due to the lack of two-way communication, which is thought to be effective in the process of learning. That is to say, the learner at online classes cannot directly interact with the faculty. So in case of having any questions, they may find it difficult to ask their online instructors, as communication is often very impersonal. Therefore, online learning is not that suitable for young children, teenagers, or young adolescents who may have more queries. Moreover, regular attendance in traditional classes helps children to become better disciplined, regularly scheduled, and improve their physical fitness and mental alertness.
To conclude, some groups of people do benefit from the advent of online learning. However, it does not mean it has more benefits than drawbacks or can be a replacement of the traditional way of learning; instead, it can be taken as a supplementary method.
①empower: v. 授权，使能够
⑤interact with: 与…互动
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