Hi guys, I’m Rachael Recycler and I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about recycling, from the paper you use at school to even recycling your bathtub that your mum and dad don’t use any more. Have you ever buried something underground hoping it would still be there when you come back to it in a few years time? I certainly have. Did you know a long time ago people didn’t know much about recycling, so things that were old and not used any more were buried in the ground at a place called The Tip — or even in people’s backyards? Today, if you’re lucky, you might even find something that was buried many years ago.
Well, a lot has changed since then and recycling has become a very important process for everyone around the world! What this means is everything we make should be recycled and not buried because worms can’t eat materials like plastic and it’s certainly not good for the environment, either. So let’s start recycling not only for the environment but for our health, too. Write to me every month to share your great recycling ideas so everyone else can learn, too.
Did you know?
1. Aluminium cans made from recycled aluminium use only 5 per cent of the energy used to make new aluminium cans.
2. It takes more than 100 years for plastic to start breaking down in the earth, so it’s better to recycle it.
3. There are more and more recycling bins being installed in streets and shopping centres every day for everyone to use.
4. Putting the right products in the right recycling bins saves lots of time for the people who have to empty them. Plus, it makes it a safer place for everyone to live.
1. Don’t throw out old clothing. Cut it into long strips and use it to tie your plants to garden stakes.
2. Use pruned branches from your trees as garden stakes to help your pea and bean plants grow.
3. Reuse polystyrene boxes. Fill them with seedraising soil and sow your vegetable and flower seeds in them.