THE FOUR R'S 

Waste produced by humans has a big impact on the environment... but don't you worry! There are lots of choices that we can make every day to help. The 4R's are a good way for us to learn and think about the waste that we produce.

1. REFUSE

 

The very best thing that we can do to reduce waste is say "no" to single-use items or things that produce waste. Here are a few ideas:
 

  • Use reusable items from straws to shopping bags

  • Avoid packaging on food and other items... e.g. could you buy your bread from a bakery?

  • Ask yourself if you reeeaaally need something new!

2. REDUCE 

Sometimes it can be difficult to refuse waste, so the next best thing we can do is to reduce it. There are lots of ways to do this - here's just a few:
 

  • Composting is a great way to dispose of food waste rather than sending it to landfill

  • Planting a veggie patch helps to reduce packing from the shops

  • Take wrapper-free lunches and encourage your friends to join you!

3. REUSE

 

Reusing helps us to get the very most value of out of the things that we use before they go to waste. 

  • Sharing books, games and clothes with friends is a great way of reusing

  • Donate to op shops

  • Sometimes it's hard to avoid packaging... planting or storing is a great way to reuse bottles and containers

4. RECYCLE 

At the end of the day, we will still produce some waste. Recycling helps to turn our waste into new items and materials... but how? This video teaches us what happens to recycling from yellow-top bins after it leaves our home or school, and helps us to understand why certain things can or cannot be recycled!

RECYCLE RIGHT CHALLENGE

This challenge will help you in your role as an EcoMarine. By learning about and understanding what can and cannot go in the recycling bin, we can then educate our school and community!

STEP 1.
Click on your council's website to learn about recycling in your local area (ask an adult what council you're in if you're not sure!).

STEP 2.
Take our recycling quiz to test your knowledge! The answers will depend on where you live, so you will need to do some research on your local council's website... or maybe you already know the answer!

SUPER JOB!

NEXT LEVEL RECYCLING

Hopefully we've learnt a little more about recycling in standard yellow-top bins... but there are lots of other items that can be recycled! You can help to set up these recycling stations at your school or home. 

SOFT PLASTICS

Bread bags, chips packets and other soft plastics can be recycled.

Make money from recycled containers! You can even donate to EcoMarines with code C10041492.

CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE 

RECYCLE BATTERIES 

Batteries are toxic and it's important they are recycled and not sent to landfill. 

INK CARTRIDGES 

Is your school recycling ink cartridges?? 

ORAL AND BEAUTY CARE, COFFEE CAPSULES & MORE

TerraCycle has recycling solutions for almost every form of waste. 

MOBILE PHONES 

How many old mobile phones can you recover and recycle in your school community? 

CDs, DVDs AND E-WASTE

This recycling station accepts all e-waste and more!

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