Recycle Facts for Kids

Say No to Mindless Waste…

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TheWorldCounts, 23 July, 2014

Say No to Mindless Waste…

Just imagine how much waste 7 billion people can generate. An average person throws away 4 pounds of trash every day and makes about 1.5 tons of solid waste a year. Multiply that by 7 billion and you know why we have environmental problems.

What’s ironic about it is that 75% of our trash can be recycled. Recycling is when used waste and materials are converted into new products, so that it can be used again. This practice ensures that we don’t waste perfectly reusable materials. It lowers the demand for new materials to be produced and thereby lowers our energy consumption. Recycling also keeps our non-usable trash from reaching the landfills where they can add to pollution.

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Recycling is Cool

Here are recycle facts for kids that will help them understand the reasons why it’s important, the positive impact it can have to our environment and how they can make recycling a habit.

  • Many types of materials can be recycled such as :

a.  Paper

b.  Plastic

c.  Glass

d.  Metal

e.  Textiles

f.  Batteries

g.  Electronic Equipment

h.  Food

  • Different products require a lot of resources to produce and some manufacturing methods pollute the environment. When you recycle, you help save energy and resources and reduce pollution.
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity. The energy that you save can power 1 home for 5 months.
  • The average family uses 6 trees worth of paper each year.

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  • 21.5 million tons of food is wasted each year. If we practiced composting that amount of food, it would have the same effect to our environment as removing 2 million cars off the highway.
  • If every American recycled 10% of the newspapers they buy, we can save 25 million trees every year!
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours and a TV for 2 hours. That’s just from 1 can.
  • If we gathered all the plastic bottles thrown away by Americans, it can encircle the world 4 times!

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  • For every ton of recycled glass, you prevent 315 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
  • Your unwanted clothes might be needed by someone else.  Recycling textiles and fabrics means less land, water and fertilizer is needed to grow Cotton.

Where do you start?

The recycling process starts when you separate the materials can be recycled from your other trash. The materials that are segregated are then collected by the recycling company or a collection program in your community.  Some places have buy-back centers where they buy your recyclables for a price or drop off centers where you can deposit your recyclable trash.

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Why do we need to recycle?

Recycling is a way of extending the usefulness of something that has already fulfilled its initial purpose. A new product can be made out of it, and it will be useful again! Every time we recycle, we save our environment a little more. We cut fewer trees, use less water and energy. All products require natural resources to produce and our growing population is straining our planet with our need for more raw materials.

Let’s keep our trash away from the landfills and recycle what we can. Your effort can go a long way in saving our environment. We all know about recycling, but knowing about it and living it is not the same thing. What we need to do is make it a part of our lives.

Read more about the environment and how you can contribute to the effort to save Mother Earth. Visit The World Counts: Stories.

Do you want to Go Green? We have a list of Ethical Companies and Green Products at Firmhugger.

References

  1. Benefits of Recycling: Interesting Recycling Facts
  2. Benefits of Recycling: Why is Recycling Important?
  3. Kids Go Green
  4. Science Facts: Recycling Facts for Kids

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