IELTS Speaking Recycle Or Recycling: Below are the sample answers of the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1 about Recycling. Study how each question is answered by the speaker in a more organized way by applying the right techniques. Also, notice how he used collocations and topic vocabulary words to express his ideas even better. 










Do you practice recycling? Why or why not?


(Answer 1)


Definitely! I’m an untiring advocate of environmental protection – I spread awareness about the importance of recycling in our community and I’m proud to say that all my efforts have paid off. I’ve seen such good results like our town has been awarded as the cleanest and the most environment-friendly. I really do hope that more and more people will give value to protecting the environment. 


(Answer 2)


Yes, I do because I’m a responsible citizen. I recycle things like PET bottles and aluminum cans and I use them as flower pots. Also, my pen holders are made of milk and juice cartons. I really find ways to practice the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle, and I avoid using plastic bags when I go shopping. These are just my little ways to help conserve the environment. 




Untiring [adj.] – energetic; vigorous 

Advocate [noun] – a person who supports a particular cause 

Pay-off [phrase] – yield good results; succeed 

PET bottles [noun] – PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are bottles that can be recycled and used to manufacture new bottles 

Conserve [verb] – protect from harm or destruction




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer but not saying the traditional ‘yes’, instead uses a good expression that means a yes. He talked about his advocacy and provided details about it which helped him speak at length. Then simply ended his answer by expressing his hope. 


ii.) The speaker also gave a positive answer and then proceeded to talking about the things that he usually recycled. To make his answer more believable, he gave several examples that would best explain his answer. Those words he used serve as topic vocabulary which is definitely helpful to boost his mark in the criterion, Lexical Resource.


Did you learn recycling when you were a child?


(Answer 1) 


Yes of course! The importance of recycling is often taught in primary school as it’s part of science education. Besides, when I was little, my mom was really strict in making me recycle some things, so I got used to doing it. If I hadn’t been taught about recycling, I wouldn’t have cared about the environment as much as I do these days. 


(Answer 2)


Yes, because that’s one of the important topics in our science class. I remember our science teacher asked us to create something out of recycled materials and I made a bookcase made of egg trays. That project was really enlightening since we realized that even in our own little & simple ways we could protect our environment from destruction.




Primary school [noun] – a school for children between the ages of about five and eleven

Get used to [phrase] – to become familiar with 

Out of [preposition] – to indicate the origin, source, cause 

Enlightening [verb] – give greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation 




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a confident answer  – he started answering the question by sharing his experience with recycling since he was a child. To add a little more, he talked about how his mom made him practice recycling, then simply ended his answer by using a conditional tense to express his wonder. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker answered positively and stated that recycling was an important topic in science. He then recalled one experience he had in which he needed to create a certain school project in which he needed to use recycling materials. That’s a very good way to extend his answer as he’s able to talk more about the essence of recycling.



What kind of things do you recycle?

Like I said earlier, I make sure to reuse bottles, cartons, plastic bags, containers, and paper. I’ve been doing this since I was a grader. Actually, it has become my habit and I’m loving it. Besides, I get a sense of fulfillment in recycling. 




Grader [noun] – primary schooler

Sense of fulfillment [expression] – the feeling of happiness and satisfaction





i.) The speaker simply reiterated his answer to the former question he was asked. However, to make his answer a little bit longer and better, he just talked about the time he started recycling and how it impacted his life. Brief answer and organized!



Will you keep recycling in the future?


(Answer 1)


That’s for sure! Who wouldn’t want to? We all should be responsible for protecting our environment and recycling is one of the easy ways we can do at home to contribute to the reduction of pollution. I should practice recycling, you should do recycling, we all should oblige ourselves to recycle things to improve the condition of our environment. Isn’t it great if we work hand in hand in saving our Mother Earth?


(Answer 2)


Honestly, I don’t recycle much these days and I know that that’s not right, so from now on I’ll change my ways and I’ll be more concerned and serious about environmental protection through recycling. I’ll also bear in mind that my own little ways will certainly have a huge impact on the environment. In addition,  I’ll remind myself that the future generation is worthy of having a better environment. 




Reduction [noun] – the act of minimizing something 

Oblige [verb] – require

Hand in hand [expression] – to work closely together

Change one’s ways [expression] – to improve one’s habit, action, belief

Bear in mind [phrase] – to remind 




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker used a very natural expression to express a positive answer which was followed by a rhetorical question. He then transitioned to stating that everyone had the responsibility of taking care of the environment and again ended his answer with a rhetorical question.


ii.) ANSWER 2:  The speaker expressed his honesty about not doing recycling as much as he needed to. However, he talked about what he could do to be more helpful in conserving the environment. That’s a very good technique for him to extend his answer in a more meaningful way. You can also do that so you can speak at length. 


Learn the RECENT IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 about PICNIC on this link


And that’s all for IELTS Speaking Recycle or Recycling recent topic! Be more prepared by practicing and familiarizing the right vocabulary for the topic, recycling. Ace your exam!


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