Recycling


Barbara J. Feldman

In honor of National Recycling Week (November 7-13, 2011) and America Recycles Day (November 15, 2011), this week’s crop of sites address the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

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  • Earth 911: Recycling 1015 stars

    "The internationally recognized symbol for recycling includes three arrows moving in a triangle. Each arrow represents a different part of the recycling process, from collection to re-manufacture to resale." This "recyclo-pedia" has information on how to recycle just about everything, from electronics such as televisions and cell phones, to household items like bicycles and toys. Each section also has links to related articles, and (at the top of every page) a recycling center search tool. Just enter your zip code and the item you want to recycle, such as paint, computers or cooking oil.

  • EPA: Recycle City5 stars

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings us the fun, educational game Dumptown along with an explanatory, interactive map of Recycle City. Click around the map to learn about how different organizations in the city are recycling, reusing and reducing waste. Then play the Dumptown Game where you are Dumptown's new City Manager. "When you start to play, you'll see Dumptown at its worst - it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused. In your new position, you can start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste."

  • EPA: Students for the Environment5 stars

    With resources for K-12 students, parents and teachers, this EPA site has homework help, games, links to other EPA mini-sites, teacher guides and links to internships and summer programs. Best educational clicks for high school students and grownups are found in Learn the Issues (Green Living, Waste, Water) and Science & Technology (Pesticides, Health, Air). "Before starting a new school year, sort through the school supplies on-hand. Many supplies, like notebooks or pens and pencils, can be reused or recycled. You can share your used books and other school supplies with friends, relatives, or younger schoolchildren."

  • Green Planet 4 Kids5 stars

    Illustrated by Bob Hahn, Green Planet 4 Kids presents environmental topics, such as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, in comic book form. Click either on "Comics" in the horizontal menu, or use the section and page navigation that runs along the bottom of every page. "The RRRs help keep the resources we have already harvested or mined in the production stream, allowing less land to be mined or cut and putting less waste in the ground. Reducing and reusing are the most important. They negate all need for energy use in the production of materials. Yet, sometimes recycling is the only plausible option."

  • Meet the Greens5 stars

    Created by WGBH in Boston, in cooperation with TED and the National Geographic Education Foundation, the Greens is a funny, online cartoon series about a hip, ecologically-aware family. In addition to the short video episodes, the site has activity guides, online games, printables, quizzes, book reviews, a blog, fun facts and tips. "Look at your food labels. Then look outside. If the food is from a country you're not currently in, it's not local."

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  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Recycling." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 8 Nov. 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/recycling/ >.


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