Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Help families learn the ins and outs of recycling and how it impacts the environment.
Follow the steps below to set up a system for recycling in your home.
For this adventures take some time as a family to:
Step 1: Learn about recycling from the information listed below and invite everyone to join the discussion and share their thoughts, questions and insights.
Step 2: Make sure everyone knows the recycling rules and resources in your community. Check your city website for specifics in your area.
Step 3: Brainstorm some ways that your family can recycle old 'stuff' to keep it out of the landfills and give it new life. What do you throw away that could be used for something else? If there isn't a use for someone in your family, where might you be able to 'pass it along' or donate it? What are some fun things you have seen or heard about that were 'recycled'?
- Visit your local landfill or recycling center
- Set-up a recycling system for your home if you don't already have one-- this can be as simple as designating one of the garbage cans for 'recyclables only'
- Search online for some fun 'recycling art projects'
- Have each family member got through their rooms and closets and gather up clothing and toys and other items they no longer use that can be recycled by passing them along to someone that can use them, or donating them to the local DI or thrift store
RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED ON #1
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.
Recycling can benefit both your community and the environment.
BENEFITS OF RECYCLING
Benefits of Recycling:
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
- Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
- Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
STEPS TO RECYCLING MATERIALS
Steps to Recycling Materials
Recycling includes three steps that create a continuous loop, represented by the familiar recycling symbol.
- Step 1: Collection and Processing
- Step 2: Manufacturing
- Step 3: Purchasing New Products Made from Recycled Materials
RECYCLING CREATES JOBS
Recycling Creates Jobs
EPA released significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study in 2016. The study analyzed the numbers of jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to recycling. The study found that in a single year, recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for:
- 757,000 jobs
- $36.6 billion in wages; and
- $6.7 billion in tax revenues.
This equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,000 in wages, and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, check out the full report.
For more information on recycling check the EPA website.
For recycling crafts and activities do an online search to find your favorites. There are literally thousands of resources available at your fingertips!
Take a picture of your family recycling and post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #recycling
by Recycle It!
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The mission of My Discovery Destination! and the Discovery Family program is to STRENGTHEN FAMILIES and BUILD CHARACTER through providing opportunities for families to enjoy FREE family experiences so they can build strong bonds and CREATE and CAPTURE memories.