Have you ever felt like you or your schools are wasting resources? The Kanab Elementary School (KES) Student Council, made up of sixth graders, felt that our school was wasting a lot of paper, so with the help of some others, we began a paper-recycling program.

If you live on planet earth, you have probably heard of recycling. It can make a huge impact with life on earth. It has already made a huge impact in our school, and will hopefully continue to make a larger impact.

Recycling is the process of breaking down and reusing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. Recycling helps save trees and helps the earth stay healthy.

Recycling saves animals and their habitats as well. Some of the benefits of recycling include reducing the amount of waste or trash sent to landfills and incinerators.

Recycling paper and other things can conserve natural resources like timber, water and minerals. Recycling saves energy and money that our school can use for more useful things to help us learn. It also teaches students about the environment.

Trash like paper, metal and plastic have a huge negative impact on animals, people, plants and our world in general. Harmful toxins and greenhouse gases are released from the trash in landfills.

Recycling helps reduce the amount of trash we have to take to the landfills, which will eventually save the earth and so much more.

Recycling also helps reduce the need for raw materials such as trees made into paper. It saves money, trees and more. Hopefully we can influence and make an impact on our community to start recycling as well. This is why we are doing what we are doing at KES.

Each classroom has a box they put their used paper into when they are done with it. Every Friday, the KES Student Council picks up the boxes and dumps the paper in two large bins outside. Every Saturday, the paper gets taken to the recycling plant to get processed and turned into clean paper again.

Once the paper is taken to the recycling plant, it is mixed with water and chemicals to take the ink and anything else that shouldn’t be on the paper off. Next, it gets chopped up and heated into strands of cellulose called pulp or slurry. Finally, it can become paper again!

We are starting small, and hope to grow bigger by recycling more than just paper in the future. So start small and grow bigger with us. If we start now, we can save a lot of animals, habitats and our earth.