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Recycling Facts for Children

Updated November 21, 2016

It's hard enough to get kids to take out the trash, let alone get them to sort out paper, plastic and other recyclables. However, with a little encouragement it is possible to get kids excited about helping the planet. Some fun facts can help teach kids the importance of recycling.

Why Recycle Glass?

The energy conserved by recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, the Chevron Cars Recycling Facts for Kids website explains. Glass is a special material, because it can be recycled over and over again without wearing out.

Why Recycle Paper?

It takes 70 per cent less energy to make recycled paper than to make brand-new paper, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology Kids Page.

Why Recycle Plastic?

It takes about 500 years for plastic to break down after it's thrown away, according to the Planet Pals website.

Why Recycle Aluminum?

Recycling aluminium cans saves 95 per cent of the energy required to make aluminium from ore, according to the Chevron Cars website. Most aluminium cans today are made with recycled materials.

Why Recycle Steel?

Tin cans are actually 99 per cent steel with a tin coating, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. These cans, used to store things like soup, vegetables and non-food items like paint, are entirely recyclable. Recycled steel is actually needed to make new steel, according to the Recycle Room website.

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