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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Close the Loop!What would happen if nobody recycled? There could be garbage everywhere! We would run out of space in our landfills (a place where we dump our trash) and we would have to find new places to hold all our garbage. This is a problem, because it takes a lot of space to create a landfill--space that could be used for parks, schools or just left as wilderness for people and animals to enjoy. We would also run out of natural resources; they are the materials we use to make new products.

It's important that everybody recycle in order to help the Earth. Not enough people realize how important it is to reduce the amount of trash they generate. It's up to you and your friends to spread the recycling message to as many people as you can. Knowing the three R's will help to solve our garbage problem.



To turn something old into something new. Recycling is a way to save the Earth's natural resources. Many materials can be recycled. Three commonly recycled beverage containers are aluminum, glass, and plastic.


Cut down on garbage before you buy something so you throw away less. You can reduce the amount of garbage you create by buying items with very little packaging. You can also buy things that last a long time. For example, you could use a glass cup instead of a paper cup.


To save an item and use it over again. You can use a soda or water bottle over again or use a reusable lunch box instead of a paper bag.

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Last updated: January 1, 2010
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