Recycling for Kids

Recycling for Kids

Did you ever think what would happen if all the trash we throw away, keeps piling up in landfills? We'll have a big problem on our hands because it would severely damage the environment. We try to make as much of this trash usable for various purposes, which is called recycling. Recycling is the process of collecting items from the trash such as paper, glass and plastic metals and turning them into reusable products. I'm sure you already have at least some idea about recycling and you also participate in it. Let's look at it in a bit more detail

Recycling for Kids: A simple and fun presentation to teach kids about recycling

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Is Recycling Necessary?

You bet it is! It's necessary because when trash keeps piling up in landfills, it severely affects the environment. All of this garbage adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere which contributes to global warming. The energy saved by recycling reduces pollution which in turn helps keep the environment clean and it also helps save natural resources.

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Kids Booklets- Information for different ways kids can learn to recycle

The Three R's of Waste Management

Recycling is a part of waste management, which consists of the three R's:




We can make recycling more efficient by reducing and reusing.Reducing waste means reducing the consumption of things in everyday life and refraining from using disposable items like polythene bags, Styrofoam cups, etc. Reusing means extending the life of an item by utilizing it in different ways; for example giving used electronic devices such as an old computer or cell phone to someone who doesn't have one.

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Waste & Recycling | MassDEP:Educational resources about waste and recycling for teachers and students

How is Recycling Done?

There are four steps in the recycling process:

This step involves collecting recyclable materials from residential and commercial buildings. Residents of the buildings are required to separate different types of materials such as glass, paper and plastic and put them is marked containers. These items are then collected by the city authorities. If recyclable materials are not separated, everything goes to the landfill and doesn't get recycled.

In the second step, all of the recyclable materials are sorted, cleaned, prepped and organized into groups. Afterwards, these items are sent to the manufacturers who produce recyclable products.

Once the recyclable materials reach the manufacturers, a wide range of products are made either completely or partially from the recycled material. There are various items of everyday use that are made from recycled materials. These include plastic bottles, paper, news print, cans, bottles, etc. The great thing about recycling is that the process doesn't stop there; it keeps on going with these products entering the recycling process over and over again.

It may seem that the recycling process is finished at the third step but there is one more step in this process. When products are made from recycled materials, these are purchased by consumers and then the whole recycling cycle is repeated. It is important to purchase those products that are made from recycled material so that the process can continue.

Just for kids: Teaches the basics of recycling while also incorporating conservation into everyday life of your classroom and school

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Interesting Facts about Recycling

  • Out of four million plastic bottles used in the US, only about one million are recycled.
  • Aluminum cans are perhaps the most recycled item in the US. By recycling one can, enough energy is saved to run a TV for four hours.
  • When we recycle glass, a considerable quantity of other valuable natural resources including sand, limestone and soda ash are saved.
  • A 100 watt light bulb can be lit for 4 hours from the energy saved by recycling just one glass bottle.
  • Only 25 percent of a tree is used in actually making paper.
  • Over 500,000 trees are cut down to produce the newspapers for just one Sunday.
  • Manufacturing one ton of paper requires about 98 tons of other resources.
  • We could save about 250,000,000 trees each year if all of the newspapers are recycled.
  • By recycling one ton of paper, we can save 17 trees and these trees can absorb 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment.
  • If all of the steel that is discarded in the US is used to make cars, it will be enough to make all of the new cars made every year.
  • The energy saved from the steel recycled every year in the US is enough to heat and light 18,000,000 homes.

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