Waste is anything that we get rid of, throw away, or do not use and waste can affect the environment in many different ways. The environment includes everything around you such as plants, water, air, land, and much more. It is important for the environment to be healthy and being responsible with waste is one way you can help the Earth. To help protect the environment from waste, you can practice something called the three R's of waste management. The three R's stand for reduce, reuse, and recycle. Keep reading to learn all about how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle to help the environment.
You can practice reducing the amount of waste you produce by choosing to buy products that do not create excess waste and have to be added to landfills. Because the adults in the family probably do all the shopping, it is important to talk to them about what everyone in the family can do to reduce waste. When shopping, adults can choose to not buy single serve products. You can also buy products that have packaging that can be easily recycled, and stop buying bottled water altogether. Reusable bags are also a good way to reduce waste. Families can reduce food waste by starting a compost pile in the backyard. Things like leaves, paper, coffee grounds, and other items can be added to a compost pile, which can then be used to fertilize gardens. You can then use your garden to grow food, and avoid having to buy fruits and vegetables that come in packaging.
Instead of throwing things away that you might not use anymore, why not give them to someone else? For example, if you outgrow your clothes, you might have a younger sibling or friend that would be able to use them instead of just throwing them in the garbage. You can also reuse items like cups and plates instead of using disposables.
It is important not to throw everything in the garbage. There are lots of things like bottles, cans, cardboard, and paper, that can be used to make other products. When you recycle these things that can be used to make new items, you are helping to reduce how much energy is being used, and are also helping to reduce the amount of garbage sitting in landfills. You might be surprised to learn that recycled products can be used to make all kinds of things. A recycled soda bottle can be used to make lots of different plastic items like combs. Check out the list of some of the many items that can be recycled below.
- Aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles
- Plastic Bags
- Glass (bottles and jars)
For people in the future to be safe, it is important that the planet is taken care of and the environment is healthy. When you practice the three R's of waste management, you are doing your part to make the world a healthy and safe place to live. Learn more about reducing, reusing and recycling by exploring the pages listed below.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What Exactly is Waste?
- NASA's Climate Kids: Recycle This!
- Sid The Science Kid: Recycling
- National Geographic Kids: Recycle Roundup
- Waste 2 Resources: Kids Recycling Page
- Recycling Facts for Kids
- Kids Stuff About Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Recycling for Kids and Teachers
- Environmental Education Just for Kids: Recycling
- Using and Saving Energy: Recycling
- Kids Recycling and Waste Prevention
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Educators
- Recycling Information for Kids
- Dr. R.E.Cycle Kids Page: Interactive Videos
- Fun Recycling Sites for Kids