Teaching kids about recycling

Photo: Kim Pittaway
"Where do Recyclable Materials Go?" gives children a complete picture of recycling, waste and landfills

What difference can a kid make? Plenty, when it comes to helping to “erase waste,” according to Sabbithry Persad, author of Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? The book, available from Amazon.ca for $9.95, is a terrific primer for elementary school-aged children on how recycling works and what gets saved—energy, trees, plastic and more—along the way.

Did you—and your children—know:

  • 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 decomposes—and even longer if it’s in landfill
  • If all newspaper were recycled, we would save around 250 million trees each year
  • Recycling steel and tin saves 74% of the energy used to produce them

These are just a few of the facts woven into Persad’s appealing story, which follows Tiana as she, her mom and brother Peter search for their dog Bubbles, who is chasing the recycling truck. Eventually, dog and owners are reunited at the recycling plant, where they all get a tour and see how recyclables are sorted and processed. The book also includes learning activities suitable for use in the classroom.