Books for the Recycling “Native”

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My husband feels like most of his life is spent recycling.  Each night, as we take numerous trips down to the basement recycling bins, we joke about how many hours of the week are dedicated to separating glass from plastic. I always assure him that Al Gore would be proud of him which seems to do the trick.  At school, the students are recycling-natives.  We don’t need to convince them to “reduce, reuse and recycle,” but I still include a few books on our shelves that might inspire a student to make a planter from an old shoe.

The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong (A fun story about an electrician who, along with some neighborhood children, looks for treasures in the dumpster. Admittedly, this book reminds me of my dad, also an electrician, who enjoys “finding” treasures that others have apparently mistaken for trash.)

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter (Winter’s very creative book reminds the reader that all of that garbage has to go somewhere…)

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons (Gibbons can always be counted on to provide a clear, concise introduction to any topic she writes about. This one is no exception. Flipping through the book just now, this fact caught my attention: “New York City alone throws out enough garbage each day to fill the Empire State Building!”)

Recycled Crafts Box by Laura Martin (This book is the one you’ll need to consult if you want to turn that old shoe into a planter – or make paper plates into colorful flowers.)


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