What is Recycling?
throw things into the garbage, that garbage is taken to a garbage
dump and it is usually buried underground. It is buried so that
it will decompose. What is de-com-pose? Have you ever seen an old
piece of fruit slowly rot and shrink over many days? It is decomposing.
Decompose means to separate into parts and over many years most
garbage will disappear completely. That is why we bury garbage in
the ground. The problem is some things we throw away take a long
time to decompose and that means we could run out of room underground
to put all the garbage. Then what? You will have to keep the garbage
in your house! (Likely under your bed if it's not already full).
Well, hopefully that won't happen because there is something you
can do. You can recycle! No, not bi
What does that mean? The prefix "re" means "do again"
and "cycle", just like in bi-cycle, is something that
goes around again and again. If you take something old that can
be used again and make it new, you are recycling.
What Can be Recycled?
Lots of things can be recycled.
Soda cans are made from aluminum, a soft, lightweight metal, and
it takes about 100 years for aluminum to decompose. Do you remember
what decompose means? It means to separate into parts and disappear.
So when you throw an aluminum can into the garbage you are hurting
the Earth, but guess what? You're also wasting money. Old aluminum
cans can be melted and made into brand new cans. Did you know paper
can be recycled? Maybe the paper you are using right now was once
used by a student in another school. Paper is made from trees, so
every time you put paper into the garbage, not only are you filling
up the Earth with garbage, but even worse, you are wasting trees.
Did you know one plastic garbage bag can take 10-20 years to decompose?
Don't throw garbage bags away, recycle them! Anything made from
plastic can be recycled, especially the water and juice bottles
we all use every day. Not just plastic bottles, but glass bottles
can be melted and used again too. Making new things from recycled
ones takes less money, less energy, and less of the Earth’s
resources. Less energy means less pollution (harmful dirt) into
the air. You can recycle at home by separating your cans, paper,
plastics and bottles. Many cities give you cartons for free and
pick it up from your house. Ask your parents if you are recycling
at home today!