What Can I Do...
  • Turn off the lights when no one is in the room.
  • Turn off the TV when no one is watching it.
  • Replace your incadecent light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs
  • Turn off your video games, computers (check with your parents first) and other electric appliances when they are not in use.
  • Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Make sure the door is securely closed. Check the seal on the door by closing a dollar bill in the door and see how easy it is to pull out. If it pulls out easily - it is probably leaking cold air.
  • Don't litter!
  • Look for and buy products with the recycle triangle on them or say that they are made from recycled materials
  • Encourage your family to use reusable water bottles or beverage mugs.
  • Use reusable bags when you go to the market. Many grocery stores now have them available for purchase. Some stores, donate part of the purchase price to environmental organizations Others give a discount on your grocery bill for every bag that you use.
  • Make a scrap paper note pad out of used paper. After both sides have been used - make sure you recycle the paper. All paper can be recycled.
  • Bring your lunch in a reusable lunch bag
  • Reuse things around your home
  • Ask yourself, "How is it packaged?" Choose products with very litttle or no packaging or that the packaging is recyclable.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Recycle Symbol on a button

Some Fun Activities that Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Greentimes JR - By Kids For Kids

How to Start a Beverage Container Recycling Program at School

LAUSD Office of Enviromental Health and Safety has information on District Recycling Progams

Here is a list of things that can be recycled.

  • Appliances (Known as White Goods)
  • Acid Car Batteries
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Electronic Equipment (TVs cell phones, computers, monitors, and etc.)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Metal
  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Plastic Bags (Some stores have a bin for you to return the bags.)
  • Plastic Bottles (Look for the number 1 in a triangle on the bottom)
  • Steel Cans (They will be labeled if you can recycle them)
  • Tires
  • Wood
  • Yard Green waste (grass clippings, tree leaves etc.)

How many more things can you think of that can be recycled?

Reduce the Amount of Trash You Create

Beginning in January 2009 -Whole Foods Market will accept BRITA water filters and all #5 (triangle with a 5 - PP) polypropylene plastic in a program called "Gimme 5." Examples of #5 plastics - food containers, yogurt containers, medicine bottles, sour cream plastic cartons. Check the bottom of the container if there is a #5 on it - it can be recycled at:


Learn more about the GIMME 5 recycling program with PRESERVE


  • If you can't recycle them, use reusable water, food and beverage containers
  • Reuse shopping bags
  • Reuse wrapping paper
  • Use both sides of paper before you recycle
  • Read electronically
  • Donate your used books to a library or senior center
  • Recycle old cloth towels to be cleaning rags. Use these instead of paper towels.
  • Shop carefully - look for things that have minimal packaging.
  • Recycle cardboard boxes
  • Buy long lasting rather than single-use items such as cloth napkins, cloth kitchen towels, and grocery bags.
  • Reduce your junk mail What junk mail you get, recycle.
  • Share magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Buy only what you need
  • Buy items in recyclable containers made of recylable plastic (Type 1 or 2) aluminum, steel, glass, paper or cardboard
  • Use the back side of paper and envelopes for notes.
Recycled Materials that can be used for Art or Craft Projects
  • Magazines (for the pictures)
  • Junk Mail Catalogs (for the pictures)
  • Old Calendars (for the pictures)
  • egg cartons
  • plastic food containers
  • cardboard from the backs of notepads or in mailers or packages
  • used greeting cards
  • coffee cans
  • produce baskets
  • cereal boxes (oatmeal canisters make wonderful pin hole cameras)
  • aluminum pie plates
  • mesh bags that hold produce such as onions or avacados
  • old keys
  • old costume jewelry
  • old CDs or junk mail CDs
  • milk jugs or cartons
  • scrap yarn
  • old buttons
  • used ribbon
  • film canisters
  • thread spools
  • shoe boxes
  • paper bags
  • plastic bags
  • bottle caps
  • plastic soda bottles
  • rubber bands
  • plastic lids from food, cleaning or hair-spray containters
  • ice cream sticks (wash throughly)
  • card board rolls from paper towels, toilet tissue or wrapping paper
  • used wrapping paper
  • out of date maps
  • springs from ball point pens

What other things can you think of?

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