Stay Right for Recycling

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Natural resources

material resources that include water, plants, soil, petroleum products and minerals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

helps to protect our natural resources. The EPA is also able to help communities decide on the future use of spaces they are planning to design.


a strategy to protect the environment by reducing waste and reusing waste by treating or changing the waste

Reducing (source reduction)

minimizing the use of materials and energy

Why does reducing come before recycling?

To eliminate waste

Is reducing proactive or reactive?


Is recycling proactive or reactive?


Recycling takes on its full meaning when we close the loop and :

buy products containing recycled content.

Every ton of paper recycled saves how many gallons of oil?

380 gallons of oil

Recycling one ton of paper saves how many trees?

17 trees

Paper takes about how many months to decompose?

one month


thinking about the products you buy and the packaging they come in

household products are considered hazardous waste

ex: acids, BBQ starter, paint, gasoline, cleaning products, etc.

TRUE or FALSE: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) should never be disposed of in the garbage or flushed down the drain.



substances that eat or wear away many materials. For example, battery acid, oven cleaners, and drain cleaners


substances that easily ignite. For example: lighter fluid, turpentine, oils, and gasoline


substances/materials can create an explosion or produce deadly vapors. Dangerous when mixed with water, air or other chemicals. Ex: bleach and ammonia


substances that are poisonous to you and your pets. For example, rat poison, bleach, pesticides, cleaning fluids, and some medications.

Paper that can’t be recycled as normal "mixed paper" includes:

Food-contaminated paper, waxed paper, waxed cardboard milk & juice containers

TRUE or FALSE: All plastic containers you purchase should be marked with a large and clear recycling code. This code must be molded into the plastic and located on the bottom surface of the container


TRUE or FALSE: Caps are often made from a different type of plastic than the bottle. Few caps are separately marked.



What plastics are known as. Downcycling is when the waste product is reprocessed and as a result becomes a lower grade of resource and comes back as a different product

Used motor oil

contains heavy metals and other toxic substances, and is considered hazardous waste. To recycle used oil, it’s placed into a plastic milk jug and clearly marked "used motor oil."

TRUE or FALSE: Motor oil must never be dumped in storm drains; storm drains flow <b>untreated</b> into rivers, lakes or oceans.


TRUE or FALSE: Antifreeze contaminates motor oil – do not mix the two


name the 3 containers that we use on a daily basis, and are the easiest to recycle?

glass, aluminum cans, and foil


does not wear out and can continued to be recycled. It is considered 100% recyclable. At least 30% of the glass on store shelves could be recycled glass


can be endlessly recycled. Using recycled aluminum can save 95% of the energy needed to produce new cans

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