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Guest Blog: Why Recycling is Important

The following blog was written by Gabrielle Bailey, a sixth grade student at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. The school has been part of an Adopt-a-School partnership with Geiger, the Farmers’ Almanac’s parent company, for 23 years. Gabrielle visited the Farmers’ Almanac offices to job shadow Web Content Editor Jaime McLeod for a morning. She spent that time learning what a Web Content Editor does, and researching a smart living topic of her choice. This is what she learned:

Recycling is an important thing that should be done on Earth. It is a great way to reuse items and not waste anything. Paper, plastic, glass and many things like these can be recycled. Some things, like plastic peanuts, used to ship fragile things far away, can’t be recycled but can be used over and over again. Once you’re done with a paper cup, you don’t have to throw it out. Just rinse it out and use it again! Bottles can often be recycled into toys, sleeping bags, and even carpets! Recycling saves energy. It reduces the need to make new things out of natural resources like water, air, sunlight, and earth. For example, recycling one ton of newspapers could save up to 7,000 gallons of water, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, three barrels of oil, 17 trees, and about 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity! That’s outrageous! Recycling can also save animals, because most animals live in trees and when it comes to paper, we have to use trees to make it. If we do not take things like trees or water more animals can live and have nice and healthy homes, which would be great. Recycling can save money too. Instead of going to Wal-Mart and buying a whole wad of paper, you could just reuse the paper and not have to spend so much on paper once you run out again. Because in the end, it could end up being a big amount! This is why everyone on earth should recycle. It would make the world a much better place!


1 Haul it Louisville Guy { 08.21.11 at 9:29 pm }

What an awesome attitude. Salute to her parents. If you teach good habits early and educate we can save the world a little bit at a time.

2 waste management companies { 07.28.11 at 7:31 am }

What a great blog. It’s really inspiring to hear such wise words coming from such a young girl

3 Computer Recycling { 06.15.11 at 8:33 am }

Its only a sustained endeavor to recycle that can yield the desired result for the environment.

4 Casey Wright { 03.23.11 at 6:17 pm }

Many people still can’t understand why using excessive packaging is a bad thing, but we are running out of landfills in which to put the stuff. The next time you are at the store, instead of purchasing the item with 5 layers of wrapping to make the product look good, choose an alternative — this way, the manufacturers will get the idea that more packaging isn’t the best way to market their products! This was a great blog by this Montello student!

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