The Recyclables

Abbotsford Middle School
  • Grade 7
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By: Cardel, Dilveer, Brent, Daniel


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is taught to children all over the world but still not much has changed even though recycling can change so much for the better. Now as you know, climate change and global warming has been around for a while and it is starting to become a big problem for animals and humans, but we can do something to change that from becoming an even bigger problem than it already is. How? You ask… well, it’s pretty easy actually, we can RECYCLE! With the advanced technology that we have today, we can do so much with recyclable items, and the best part is that by making things out of recycled parts of  those things we save tons of electricity. For example: Making recycled aluminum saves 95 percent of the energy usually used to make aluminum from raw materials. Or, using recycled plastics use 70 percent less energy and it saves up to 16.3 barrels of oil! What makes this project even more important is that Every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves 17 trees, about 450 gallons of oil and about seven gallons of water. So we did some research and every year, Americans use about 90 million tons of paper and paperboards, just imagine if all of that paper was recycled. We would save 1,530,000,000 tree, and 40,500,000,000 gallons of oil!  Every ton of plastic that is recycled saves the equivalent energy of 1,000 to 2,000 of gasoline. We are hoping to bring awareness to the big problem of global warming and climate change. We need to recycle more because we don’t need anymore pollution because all of the cars, and giant factories (that  in the world already pollute the atmosphere a lot. Also, recycling reduces the waste stream, and by doing that it minimizes the releases of methane and other pollutants given off by decomposing materials in landfills. According to EDF, methane is a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer that protects the earth from the sun’s rays. The global warming potential of methane is 25 times higher than that of carbon dioxide also known as CO2. Just think about what we’ve said and please… please, recycle more. And so that you are aware of what items are recyclable, here is a list:


  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Glossy ads
  • Telephone books
  • Plastic containers
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Metal hangers
  • Paper towel\ toilet paper rolls
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Wrapping paper


Today many items are made from recycled materials including:

  • Newspapers and other paper
  • Paper towels and other household and office paper products
  • Plastic laundry product bottles
  • Glass soft drink bottles
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Plastic bottles and jars
  • Glass tiles
  • Recovered glass in roadway asphalt
  • Recovered wood in hardwood floors
  • Recovered plastic in benches, yard décor and carpet
  • Aluminum foil and bakeware
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Green, brown and clear glass
  • Car batteries
  • Fluorescent batteries
  • Button batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Televisions
  • Cell phones
  • Photocopiers
  • Fax machines
  • Printers
  • Computers (monitors and keyboards)

Action Plan

We really want to help this community get behind the green movement and help the world and create a better life for the future ahead of us. We have an amazing action plan to show you guys. Our action plan is for all of us to go out to Mill Lake on Tuesday and we are all going to walk around the park and pick up garbage and put it in the correct bins (recycling, compost, garbage). The other part of our action plan is to make posters and put them around the school and maybe at the poster board at save on foods. So hopefully, when it comes to the summer time people won't just leave their bottles on the ground they will actually put them in the correct bins. We hope this can change peoples minds about recycling and why it's so important to put the cans, bottles and etc in the right places As you can see we are really want to make the city of Abbotsford,BC a great place and we really want to be known as one of the best place in British Columbia.


How it affects climate change

It affects climate change because it reduces the need for mining, quarrying and logging. All of those actions creates substantial air and water pollution. Recycling reduces energy consumption  and reduces greenhouse gas emissions which helps change climate change positively. For example, the production of recycled paper uses 65% less energy than the production of fresh paper from raw materials. Producing recycled paper utilizes 80% less water than producing fresh paper from raw material. Recycling one ton of paper saves 19 trees from being cut which cutting trees produces greenhouse gas emissions.


Completed Action plan

What we actually did was, we put up handmade recycling info posters in the hallways of our school (AMS Abbotsford Middle School). We also took our entire class to our Grade 7 garbage pick up street which was on Farrant Crescent Road and picked up garbage along the sides of the road, making sure that there weren’t any cars while we were walking in the middle of the road. After our class and our group had picked up all of the garbage, our group sorted the garbage and put it into the proper bins. What we found out is that not very many people litter (well atleast on Farrant Crescent Road).



Well, what we learned was that it is very important to recycle because, when you recycle, those items that you recycle are taken to somewhere that reuses those items and creates new, fresh recyclable items and by doing that we reduce trash. Hence the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We also learned that by recycling simple things like office paper, we can save so many trees, gallons of water, barrels of oil, and even landfill space. Now just imagine if all of that was repeated over, and over again, we could save so much! I learned that just a little bit of garbage pick up can help a community out and but also that picking up garbage for the project know i will pick up garbage even more now not cause its my project but cause just a little bit of help can keep a community and save some of our wildlife that we have in Abbotsford. Picking up garbage is helpful to a community because it helps keep it clean and the town stays trash-free and keeps the trees healthy which produce fresh oxygen which is essential cities because they produce mass amounts of dirty air.



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