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TALKIN' TRASH

Not recycling is Trashy!

The Rotten Truth (About Garbage)
What can your family do to make less garbage?  Are you being careful not to buy products that are made of harmful materials that will someday be contaminating the Earth after you dispose of them?  Do you seriously consider not buying products that have excessive packaging material just to make them look bigger or fancier?   Do you make the effort to recycle everything you can?


Consumer Culture

This website has some great ideas for reducing and recycling the waste we create.   Read about people who have really made a difference by decreasing waste pollution.  Conduct a Trash Audit in your home and see how your family can reduce the amount of waste produced each week.  Ask about starting a project at your school or in your community.  This website has detailed plans to help you with your projects.

America Recycles Day - November 15
Does your school, office, church, and community have environmentally-friendly programs in place?  If not, this site will give you some terrific ideas on how you can help start a program for the environment - and save our natural resources, energy, clean air and water, landfill space, and money.  Did you know a recycling symbol on a product doesn't always mean the product is made from recycled materials, or that it can be recycled?   It may just be a reminder.  Learn how to read the symbols and labels. 
Pledge your support (make a commitment to yourself) to recycle and buy recycled and be entered in contests for some great prizes.  And don't forget to keep your  commitment!

Recycling Guide
Here is a helpful guide to recycling. More info is available at the bottom of the guide. You can make copies of this helpful guide list and give to family and friends. If you don't have recycling containers, call your local refuse collection companies or your city or county administration offices and request them. If they don't provide them, you can make or buy portable containers for recyclables, and find out where your nearest collection spot is. In doing this, you will be preserving our natural resources, protecting our habitats, and saving wildlife.

Start a Recyling Program!
Start a waste reduction program in your school, community, home, or work place.  Here are sites which offer great ideas and resources for recycling and  buying recycled products.  Read how other companies and organizations made it happen
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wastewise Program
 
  Recycle sign  

Recycle bottles, glass, paper, plastic
Kids helping with recycling drive Recycling containers help the environment and communities

RPA-100% Recycled Paperboard
The Recycled Paperboard Alliance recycles 7 million tons of used papers each year into usable paperboard.  This is good for business and the environment.  Look for products that display the RPA-100% symbol - you will know those companies are trying to help the environment.

Recycling Tips from Environmental Defense
How to save resources and money.  Also, find out how you can "precycle."

Earth's 911  1-800-CLEANUP
Learn how to identify recycled products, locate your nearest recycling or household hazardous waste collection center, check out some of the programs listed for ideas on programs you can use where you live.  Link to Dept of Energy's energy saving information.  Conduct an energy audit of your home.

Action Projects to Reduce Litter and Waste, and Recycle (ReefEd)

Recycling More Obscure Material (cell phones, floppy disks, eyeglasses, computers and parts, packing material, CDs, smoke detectors, single use cameras, various types of batteries, electrical lighting and equipment, old carpeting, etc). 


 


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