This article and accompanying artwork are from a recent edition of Trash Talk!, our newsletter for students. It is packed with educational activities and local waste reduction and recycling information. A teacher guide accompanies each newsletter. But reminders about best practices for recycling are helpful for all ages!
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First, empty and rinse food and beverage containers. Turn them upside down and let them drip dry before putting them into your cart or bin. If they’re beverage containers, squash them by stepping on them carefully—it can be fun! Make sure your paper products are clean, and break down and flatten boxes.
Remember—paper and boxes soaked with grease or covered in sticky, spilled food should go into the trash. When you put these types of waste into the recycling bin, your recycling can become contaminated. Contaminated recyclables may have to be thrown away instead of being turned into new products. As the saying goes, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch! See how important it is to leave out non-recyclable materials?
Recycling keeps usable natural resources out of landfills. Making new products from recyclables uses less energy, creates less pollution, and helps create jobs. Make sure you remember to “recycle right.”