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1 The 4 Rs Did you know that you can REDUCE to help make less trash? What can you do? REDUCE means to make LESS. Use less paper towels when you wash your hands. Take only one paper towel or pull the handle only 3 times. Did you know that REDUCING your trash is the BEST way to help make less trash? What can you do? REDUCE means to make LESS. Buy big boxes of food instead of snack packs that have a lot of extra packaging. Did you know that you can RE-USE to help make less trash? What can you do? REUSE means you use something over and over. Instead of buying bottled water, fill up a RE-USABLE container with water to make less trash. Did you know that RE-USING is even BETTER than recycling to help make less trash? What can you do? REUSE means you use something over and over. Take your own RE-USABLE bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags. Did you know that RECYCLING saves space in the landfill? What can you do? RECYCLE means that things are made into something new. Let your teacher know if you d like to help empty the classroom recycling bin. Did you know that you can RECYCLING saves natural resources like forests? What can you do? Paper is made from trees. When you recycle your paper and cardboard, new paper can be made from old paper instead of trees. Did you know that you can RE-BUY to help make less trash? What can you do? RE-BUY means that you buy things that have been recycled. Ask your mom and dad to buy recycled paper for your computer. Did you know that you can RE-BUY to help make less trash? What can you do? RE-BUY means that you buy things that have been recycled. Ask your mom and dad to buy recycled paper towels. Did you know that YOU can make a difference in the world? What can you do? REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE and RE-BUY and share what you know with other people!

2 Paper Products Did you know that 1/3 of the trash in the landfills is from paper? What can you do? REUSE your paper by writing on the back! Did you know that making recycled paper saves 60% of the energy that it takes to make new paper from trees? What can you do? BUY paper towels made from recycled paper and use cloth rags instead of paper towels when you can. Did you know that making recycled paper creates 95% LESS air pollution than making new paper from trees? What can you do? RE-BUY paper towels made from recycled paper. Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees? What can you do? RECYCLE your old homework! Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water? What can you do? RECYCLE your old math test! Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves enough energy to run your TV for more than 13 hours? What can you do? RECYCLE your cardboard Lunchables box! Did you know that Americans get almost 4 million TONS of junk mail every single YEAR? What can you do? RECYCLE envelopes and letters! Did you know that if everyone in the United States recycled their Sunday newspaper we would save 500 thousand trees every WEEK? What can you do? RECYCLE your newspaper. Did you know that it takes about 14 million trees to make paper shopping bags every YEAR? What can you do? Bring your own REUSABLE bags when you go to the store.

3 Plastic Containers Did you know that 300 BILLION pounds of plastic is made in the world every YEAR? What can you do? Instead of buying bottled water, fill up a RE-USABLE container with water to make less plastic trash. Did you know that recycling just 1 pound of plastic bottles saves 3.5 hours* of electricity? What can you do? RECYCLE your food cups in the cafeteria! Make sure they are empty first. Did you know that plastic drink bottles can be recycled to make new clothes? What can you do? RECYCLE your plastic bottles at school and at home. Make sure they are empty first! Did you know that plastic drink bottles can be recycled to make new carpet? What can you do? RECYCLE your plastic soda bottles and school and at home. Make sure they are empty first! Did you know that most of the litter in the ocean is plastic? What can you do? Instead of plastic baggies, use REUSABLE containers in your lunch to REDUCE your plastic trash. *kilowatt hours

4 Plastic Bags Did you know that plastic shopping bags are made from oil? What can you do? Bring REUSABLE bags to the store instead of using plastic grocery bags. Did you know that Americans use about 333 plastic bags per person* every YEAR? What can you do? REUSE the plastic bags you have. Did you know that plastic bags can be recycled, but most people don t recycle them? What can you do? Plastic wrap, bread bags and grocery sacks can be RECYCLED at the grocery store like Krogers, Albertsons and Walmart! Did you know that plastic bags never decompose? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of bags you use by bringing your own bags to the store. Did you know that more than 100,000 sea mammals die every year from eating plastic bags? What can you do? Bring REUSABLE bags to the store instead of using plastic grocery bags. Did you know that Americans use enough plastic wrap every year to cover the whole state of Texas? What can you do? Plastic wrap, bread bags and grocery sacks can be RECYCLED at the grocery store. Look for plastic bag recycling at Krogers and Walmart! Did you know that China banned plastic shopping bags? What can you do? Ban yourself from using plastic bags and take a REUSABLE bag to the store! Did you know that the city of San Fransisco banned plastic shopping bags? What can you do? Ban yourself from using plastic bags and take a REUSABLE bag to the store! *380 billion bags total

5 Aluminum Did you know that aluminum can be recycled over and over again without getting worn out? What can you do? RECYCLE every aluminum can. Did you know that aluminum cans come from a rock called bauxite? Bauxite has aluminum mixed inside of it. What can you do? REDUCE the amount of bauxite we need by using LESS aluminum, like soda cans and foil. Did you know that when we dig for bauxite to make aluminum we cut down trees? What can you do? Bring your lunch in REUSABLE containers instead of foil to REDUCE the amount of aluminum you use. Did you know that Australia has almost one-half of the all of the bauxite in the world? Your aluminum soda can probably started out on the other side of the world. What can you do? RECYCLE aluminum cans to use LESS bauxite. Did you know that chemicals have to be used to get the aluminum out of bauxite rock? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of bauxite we need by RECYCLING all of your aluminum cans. Did you know that recycled aluminum saves almost ALL of the energy needed to make new aluminum from bauxite? What can you do? RECYCLE aluminum cans to use LESS bauxite. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours? What can you do? RECYCLE clean aluminum containers. Remember to wipe them clean first. Did you know that making recycled aluminum creates 95% LESS pollution that making new aluminum? What can you do? REUSE aluminum foil by wiping it clean and folding it neatly to save. Did you know that the United States throws out enough aluminum to make ALL of our commercial airplanes again 4 times every year? What can you do? Bring your lunch in REUSABLE containers instead of foil to REDUCE the amount of aluminum you use.

6 Steel and Tin Did you know that tuna fish cans, soup cans and big skyscrapers are all made from steel? Steel is a strong metal that can be recycled and used again and again. What can you do? RECYCLE steel cans at your home and in your school cafeteria. Did you know that Americans use enough steel and tin cans every DAY to make two steel pipes that go from Los Angeles, California all the way to New York City? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of steel you use by buying bigger cans. One large can uses less steel than buying several small cans. Did you know that we save enough energy from recycling steel every YEAR to power the whole city of Los Angeles for 8 years? What can you do? RECYCLE clean vegetable food cans and lids. Did you know that Americans throw away enough iron and steel to supply ALL of the car makers in the entire United States? What can you do? RECYCLE clean soup cans and lids. Did you know that for every ton of steel that we recycle, we save 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone that would be used to make brand new steel? What can you do? RECYCLE clean tuna fish cans and lids. Did you know that it takes 62,600 gallons of water to make 1 ton of steel? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of water we use by RECYCLING steel food cans.

7 Glass Did you know that glass is made from sand? Old glass can be crushed into sand and made into something new. What can you do? RECYCLE your glass containers. Did you know that glass can be reused an infinite number of times? What can you do? RECYCLE glass containers. Glass doesn t need to be super clean ~ if the jar doesn t leak when you turn it upside down then it can be recycled. Did you know that over 41 BILLION glass containers are made each year? What can you do? REUSE glass containers to store food. Did you know that making recycled glass creates 20% LESS air pollution than making new glass? What can you do? RECYCLE glass containers. Remember to remove the lid. It the lid is steel, it can be recycled, too! Did you know that recycled glass uses 50% LESS energy than making new glass? What can you do? Rinse and RECYCLE your glass food containers. Did you know that making recycled glass creates 50% LESS water pollution than making new glass? What can you do? RECYCLE glass containers. Remember to remove the lid. It the lid is steel, it can be recycled, too!

8 Water Did you know that the average American uses about 100 gallons of water every DAY? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of water you use! Shorten your shower by 2 minutes. Did you know that showers can use more than 8 gallons of water per MINUTE? What can you do? Take shorter showers. See if you can clean off in less than 5 minutes! Did you know that toilets can use more than 5 gallons of water every time you flush? What can you do? Fill up a water bottle and close the lid. Ask your parents to put the bottle in the top part of the toilet called the tank. Every time you flush the toilet, you will save 1 bottle of water. Put 2 bottles if they will fit. Did you know that a washing machine can use 60 gallons of water for every load? What can you do? You should never wash just 1 or 2 items in the washing machine. Use the washing machine when you have a full load of dirty clothes. Did you know that a dishwasher machine can use more than 15 gallons of water for every load? What can you do? You shouldn t turn on the dishwasher unless it s all the way full. Wait until you have enough dirty dishes so that you can use the dishwasher fewer times and save water. Did you know that leaving the faucet running while brushing your teeth can use about 5 gallons of water? What can you do? Remember to turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth! Can you think of other times that you could turn off the water instead of letting it run? Did you know that if you water the grass during the hot afternoon more than HALF of the water can evaporate before the grass can drink it? What can you do? Don t water your yard in the afternoon! Remind your parents to water the yard in the morning or at night. Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste 2,000 gallons of water a month? What can you do? Remind your parents to fix leaky faucets at your house. Did you know that almost half of the waterways in the United States are not safe to drink from? The rain washes fertilizer, motor oil and other chemicals from your home into rivers and lakes. What can you do? Never pour chemicals down the drain! If you have extra chemicals, a city of Denton worker will come and pick them up for you. Ask your parents to call the city of Denton to find out more.

9 Yard Waste and Compost Did you know that grass, leaves and some of old foods can be made into soil for your garden? This is called compost. What can you do? Rake leaves into a pile and mix in leftover fruit, vegetables, egg shells and coffee grounds. Water it to keep it moist. In a few weeks you will have black compost for your garden. Did you know that most people put yard waste like grass and leaves in the trash? Yard waste takes up 20% of our landfill space. What can you do? Don t throw grass or leaves in the trash! Ask your parents to take the bag off of the lawn mower. The cut grass pieces will fall back on the ground and make food for new grass to grow. Did you know that Americans send 24 million tons of grass, leaves, and tree branches to the landfill every year? What can you do? Don t throw grass or leaves in the trash! Your parents can put yard waste in a bag and a city of Denton worker will take it to make compost for the city. Did you know that compost is a natural fertilizer? Compost is like food for your plants. What can you do? Rake leaves into a pile and mix in leftover fruit, vegetables, egg shells and coffee grounds. Water it to keep it moist. In a few weeks you will have black compost for your garden. Did you know that leftover fruit and vegetables can be made into compost for your garden. What can you do? Mix leaves with leftover food EXCEPT for meat, because meat will smell badly. Water it to keep it moist. In a few weeks you will have black compost for your garden.

10 Household Hazardous Waste Did you know that some items that you can buy at the store can be dangerous? Items that say toxic or flammable are called household hazardous waste. This means they can be dangerous and should never go in the trash. What can you do? Look for warning signs on items that have chemicals in them. These items must be used carefully. Did you know that paint is a household hazardous waste that should not go in the trash? What can you do? Don t put paint cans in the trash! When your parents are finished painting at your house, the city of Denton workers will come to your house and pick up your extra paint. Did you know that motor oil is a household hazardous waste that should not go in the trash? What can you do? Don t put motor oil in the trash! Motor oil can be RECYCLED and used again! When your parents change the oil in your car a city of Denton workers will come to your house and pick up the old oil. Did you know that fertilizer for your garden is a household hazardous waste that should not go in the trash? What can you do? Don t put fertilizer in the trash! Remind your parents to only the right amount of fertilizer and be sure it doesn t get washed into the street. The city of Denton workers will come to your house and pick up extra fertilizer that you don t need. Did you know that batteries are hazardous household waste that should not go in the trash? What can you do? Don t put batteries in the trash! Buy batteries that are rechargeable or RECYCLE your batteries that don t work. The city of Denton workers will come to your house and collect your old batteries for you.

11 Electronic Waste (E-waste) Did you know that electronic machines should never go into the trash? Electronics can have toxic materials inside of them that need to stay out of the landfill. What can you do? Take old electronics to Goodwill. Did you know that computers can be RECYCLED? Workers can REUSE old computers and RECYCLE the broken parts. What can you do? Don t put computers in the trash! Take old computers to BestBuy or ask your parents to call the City of Denton. Did you know that cell phones can be RECYCLED? What can you do? Don t put cell phones in the trash! Some schools collect cell phones to raise money. Ask your teacher about collecting cell phones at school. Did you know that TVs should never go in the landfill? TVs have toxic materials inside of them that need to be removed. What can you do? Don t put TVs in the trash! Take old TVs to BestBuy or ask your parents to call the City of Denton. Did you know that batteries can be RECYCLED? What can you do? Don t put batteries in the trash! Buy rechargeable batteries or RECYCLE your batteries that don t work. The city of Denton workers will come to your house and collect your old batteries for you.

12 Trash Did you know that Texans throw away enough trash to fill up the Dallas Cowboys football stadium in less than 10 days? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of trash you make by bringing RESUABLE bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags. Did you know that every person in the United States makes almost 5 pounds of garbage a day? What can you do? REDUCE the amount of paper towels you use at school. Shake water off of your hands first, and then pull the handle just 3 times for the right sized paper towel. Did you know that if every country in the world used up as many resources as the United States, we would need more than 3 planets? What can you do? Use REUSABLE dishes instead of disposable plates. Use REUSABLE towels instead of paper towels. Did you know that only 5% of the people in the world live in the United States, but we make 30% of the trash in the world. What can you do? REDUCE the amount of paper towels you use at school. Shake water off of your hands first, and then pull the handle just 3 times for the right sized paper towel. Did you know that there is a floating pile of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean called the Trash Vortex? This plastic pile of trash is the same size as Texas! What can you do? Keep a litter bag in the car and never throw litter out of the window. Every time you see litter, pick it up and throw it away. You will be an example for others, too! Did you know that most of the trash in the ocean comes from land? Rain washes trash and pollution away from the land into storm drains and rivers, where it floats into the ocean. What can you do? Volunteer to help clean up litter in your city. Your class or your family can volunteer as a group to help at the Great American Clean Up in March. Did you know that most of the trash floating in the ocean is plastic? What can you do? Fill a REUSABLE container with water instead of buying bottled water to REDUCE the amount of plastic you use. Did you know that more than 100 thousand sea mammals like dolphins, seals and whales die every year from eating plastic trash. What can you do? REDUCE the amount of plastic you use by bringing RESUABLE bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags.

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