• Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours!
• A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in the landfill!
• If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save around 250,000,000 trees each year!
• 9.1 billion plastic bottles were disposed of in 2002 with only 360 million of them being recycled!
• Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to produce them!
Recycling is probably the most widely known waste management concept. Most of us know what recycling means and have a basic idea that recycling materials like, paper, plastic, steel, aluminum and glass will help the environment in some way. But did you know that an average person produces around four pounds of trash in a single day or that industrialized countries generate the most waste in the world?
After reading a lot about the world’s waste management problems, Persad wanted a way to encourage children to do something about it. Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? is the first in the Garbology Kids™ series, books that introduce children to the concepts of waste diversion and disposal through stories and hands-on activities. The stories have already gotten her nieces and nephews involved in making changes in their home which affect their community and the environment in general. She hopes this will be the reaction with other children, too.
Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? begins with Tiana sharing with her class what she learned about recycling while trying to catch her dog Bubbles, who had run after the recycle truck. When Tiana, her Mom and her brother set out to find Bubbles, they end up following the recycle truck, just missing it and Bubbles at each pickup stop until they arrive at the MURF—The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Along the way, they learn many things about recycling and even end up getting a tour of the MURF where they find out more about where recyclable materials are taken and what happens to them.
Like Tiana and her brother Peter, readers will soon understand where recyclable materials go—and how they are sorted and baled for processing into new products. It becomes clear that if everyone would recycle, we could really help our environment.
In her insightful book Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?, Persad delivers a great deal of information about waste and recycling in a fun way that will engage and entertain children 5 and up. She believes that if kids learn more about recycling and waste management at a very early age, they can take the knowledge with them into their adult lives and it will become as automatic as getting in their hybrid/electric car, fastening their seat belt, and brushing their teeth.
Persad hopes that her book relays the message that while acknowledging that "waste” is a growing concern, we can mitigate this growth if we really start paying attention to our surroundings and our behavior, that is, we can all find ways to minimize waste in our daily lives.
Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? is available at your favorite bookstores or wherever books are sold, or you can request it at your local school or public library.
About the Author
Sabbithry Persad is the founder and executive managing editor of Green Solutions Magazine and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Toronto.
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