Recycling Facts for Kids – 5 Reliable Facts about Recycling

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Recycling Facts for Kids: We are all on one ship to save the planet! So welcome on board to know more about one of the most important acts that we can do for our environment.

Recycling Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Recycling Is an Important Step in Reducing Our Waste That Goes to Landfill

Over 2 billion tons of waste go to landfill every year and that’s very bad for our planet, but there are ways we can help. The big three ways are to reduce, reuse, recycle.

First is to reduce, this means using less of things we don’t need. A great way to do this is by drawing on both sides of a piece of paper rather than just one side. This means you use half as much paper and it’s super easy to do. You can also use towels to clean up spills meaning we use less napkins or tissues and the towels can be reused.

Second is to reuse, this means instead of only using something once we find another way to use it or buy a version that is reusable rather than single use. A good way to reduce your plastic waste is to use reusable bags when you shop. You can even paint your own tote bags as a fun craft too.

Third is to Recycle, when materials no longer can be reused they can be recycled into new things. Some materials like aluminum can be recycled more than once.

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Recycling Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Energy Saved by Recycling an Aluminum Can Will Power a TV for Three Hours

Making new materials takes a lot of energy which is created by burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are very bad for the environment so if we can reduce their use it is a great thing. When we recycle materials it takes a lot less energy and fuel.

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Recycling Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: A Lot of Glass That Can Be Recycled Isn’t

Glass is a material that can be recycled over and over again forever. The glass that is taken to recycling plants can be melted down and made into new glass which is just as strong and useful. But a lot of glass isn’t recycled. In the UK they send 14 million bottles and jars made from glass to landfill every single day. That’s a lot of wasted glass!

We can help this by reusing glass jars for storage or making sure that it goes to a recycling plant by separating our waste at home.

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Recycling Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: You Can Make Your Own Paper by Recycling Old Paper

Want a fun craft that is good for the environment? Ask your parents if you can have a go at making your own paper. If you turn old paper shredding into a pulp using water you can make new sheets of paper with a special frame. You can even add a cover made of old cardboard to make a homemade notebook. What a cool recycling project!

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Recycling Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Plastic Bottles Can Be Recycled into Clothes

Plastic bottles are very convenient to carry water or juice but they have a big impact on the environment if they aren’t recycled. Around 250 billion plastic bottles aren’t recycled every year but there is a great use for them if they are. We can make fleece jackets by recycling plastic bottles which prevents them ending up in landfill or the oceans. Each fleece takes around 25 large plastic bottles to make, that means there are 25 less bottles wasted every time we make one. That makes a big difference.

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about recycling as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how important the environment is to our planet Earth, you can move on to learn more about our environmental topics like: Energy, Wind Energy, Electricity and the Water Cycle

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