Kids: You can change the world one step at a time by RECYCLING

Kids, are you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you want to change the world, but you think you are too young or too busy? Well, you can make a difference in your home, your community, your state, your country, and the world by recycling. How?

Recycling is just reusing something that would otherwise be thrown away. If you live in a city that promotes recycling, you probably see recycling bins everywhere. Recycling bins make it easy to separate plastic, paper, aluminum cans, glass, magazines, newspapers, food, and other products. According to Duke University's Center for Sustainability and Commerce, 4.3 pounds of waste--garbage--is created each day by every person in the United States. Wow! That's over 220 million tons of things we throw away each year, and over half of that goes into landfills. (Landfills are places where trash is dumped, burned or allowed to deteriorate and eek into our environment) 

So how can you help? The biggest thing you can do is THINK before you throw anything into the trash. At home, you can make sure that the trash is separated so that plastics, paper, and food go into the right bin. You can do the same thing at school. But besides separating trash there are other things you can do. Here are a few ideas:

  • Donate clothing that no longer fits you to the Goodwill or the Salvation Army instead of throwing it in the garbage can.
  • Donate your old books. There are several non-profit organizations that collect used books to give to people who cannot afford the cost of new books. Some libraries also collect used books. Ask your teachers, your parents, or your librarians before you dump them into the trash.
  • Use recyclable items for craft projects. Here is a website with 53 Ideas
  • Get involved. Here are a few websites to check out.

Remember, you can change the world one step at a time, but you have to act now!

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