Each year, my MOMS Club tours the local landfill in honor of Earth Day. The field trip is always a big hit with kids and moms alike. What child wouldn’t enjoy meeting a garbage truck that holds 10 elephants worth of trash?
And this green gal always learns something new. Obviously your local recycling rules might be different but I realized:
- I can get additional recycling and green waste cans for FREE! I have a second recycling can on its way.
- Juice boxes, including orange juice cartons are recyclable.
- Any plastic, even if it doesn’t have the recycling symbol, goes into the recycling bin.
- But, keep the styrofoam out of the recycling, even if it has the recycling symbol on it.
- Never throw greasy paper plates and pizza boxes into the recycling. These are broken down in the equivalent of a big blender to make new paper products. The grease can’t be removed.
- Key takeaway: when in doubt, throw it into the recycling bin. They’ll sort it out later.
“I recycle you should too
I recycle yes I do
Don’t throw paper in the trash
Paper needs another chance
Take your cans and give ’em a smash
Don’t throw your cans in the trash
I recycle you should too
I recycle yes I do” (courtesy of Waste Management)
Even if you can’t visit the landfill, you can create your own Earth Day fun:
- Make recycled paper. Create a small screen by laying a rectangular piece of mesh over four popsicle sticks, one for each edge. Attach the mesh with a stapler. Have your child tear up old newspaper. Add it to your blender along with a little water. Adult, blend up your paper mush. Your child can carefully scoop out the paper mush and press it onto the screen, pressing out as much water as possible. Wait until it dries, and voila, paper.
- Make robots out of toilet paper rolls and pipe cleaners. This comes from FamilyFun (click on link for picture and details). Paint the rolls with acrylic paint. Punch two holes for arms. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and twist each half around a pen to create coiled arms. Attach them at the holes and paint on your robot design.
- Enjoy some Earth-friendly books. We recently enjoyed Compost Stew and This Tree Counts, which were Perfect Picture Book Friday recommendations.
This year, Earth Day falls on Sunday the 22nd. How will you celebrate?