How you can help
* recycle all plastic, paper, glass, and cardboard
* try to use everything again before recycling
* don’t litter
* use both sides of every sheet of paper
* use cloth towels instead of paper towels
* pick up trash you find and put it in trash can or recycling bin
* don’t take more than you need
* reuse plastic shopping bags or take them back to the store
* donate all of your old books and clothes or have a yard sale
* use yogurt or other food containers for mixing paint
* turn lights off when you leave a room
* turn off water while brushing teeth
* make sure your parents are buying recycled materials and products
Plastic Recycling Numbers
An explanation of the meaning of the numbers in the triangular recycling symbols on plastics.
PET Polyethylene terephthalate; includes plastic soda bottles and some detergent bottles; commonly recycled.
· HDPE High density polyethylene; includes milk jugs; commonly recycled.
· PVC or V Polyvinyl chloride; includes garden hoses, plastic flooring, credit cards, and shower curtains.
· LDPE Low density polyethylene; includes clear packaging on cassettes or CDs, plastic sandwich bags and plastic grocery bags; recycled at many grocery stores.
· Polypropylene Includes plastic lids, bottle caps, straws, and some food containers; generally not recycleable.
· Polystyrene Styrofoam, such as coffee cups.
· Mixed plastics Several types of plastic mixed together; probably can’t be recycled.
(from “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Recycle” by The EarthWorks Group)