Educational Materials

Why Recycle?

Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. Individually, each person contributes to about 4.4 pounds of waste per day! To help prevent this waste we can each do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle the items we use. This helps conserve resources, reduce energy use, and reduce air and water pollution. 

It is important that ALL recyclable materials are cleaned and separated. Items deposited in a paper or plastic bag are sent to the landfill, so be sure and remove items from any bags before putting them in the recycle bins.

Classroom Project Ideas

Are you interested in having Blaine County present at your school? We would be happy to! We provide PowerPoints, recycling relays, and swag! If you are looking for an opportunity outside of the classroom the recycling center offers fun and dynamic tours of our facility.

Examples of student projects:

Ways to reuse your household items

Egg Cartons:

  1. Organizer: Perfect for tucking into a desk or kitchen drawer, egg cartons are just the right size to corral small items. Fill the cups in an egg carton with those teeny desk necessities that always go astray—paper clips, rubber bands, staples, and erasers. Dress up your egg carton with a coat of paint and you can even place it on your desk instead of stashing it in a drawer. You can also use egg cartons to hold all of those other junkie items that never seem to have a place like batteries, hardware, and other odds and ends.

  2. Seed Starter: Give your seedlings a head start for success by starting them off in empty eggshells held in a leftover egg carton. Simply save your empty eggshells as you use them. Once you have an egg carton full, fill each eggshell with soil. Place one seed in each eggshell using tweezers, water regularly and watch your baby seedlings grow!

  3. Bird Feeder: It’s nothing fancy, but the birds won’t care. Create a bird feeder with just an egg carton and string. Secure one strand of string on either end of your egg carton. Then, tie the strings to a tree branch, so the egg carton is in the air, but remains level. Fill it up with birdseed and watch your feathered friends flock to your backyard. 

  4. Paint Palette: Are the kids (or you) feeling artistic today? Before the paint starts flying, use an egg carton to hold small amounts of a variety of paint colors. It’s an easy-to-use and easy-to-clean up paint palette! Don’t forget to leave a couple of spots in the egg carton empty for color mixing.

  5. Decoration Storage: Cushion small, fragile holiday ornaments by storing them in leftover egg cartons. Your ornaments will stay snug and secure (especially with an additional layer of tissue paper or two) until the holidays come around again.

Newspaper

Newspaper, by design, is a very absorbent product, because it has to absorb ink. But that also means it is equipped to absorb all sorts of moisture, including moisture and the resulting odors found in shoes and vegetable drawers,” says Chris Morrissey, vice president of marketing for Sun Chemical, in Northlake, Illinois, the world’s largest printing-ink manufacturer.

  1. Deodorize food containers. Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit overnight.

  2. Ripen tomatoes. Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature.

  3. Pack delicate items.Wrap frames and figurines with several pieces of newspaper, then crumple the remaining sections to fill extra space in the box.

  4. Wipe away tough streaks on glass.Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean mirrors and windows.

  5. Preserve antique glass. Some older frames have finishes on the glass that can be damaged by cleaning solutions. Remove smudges by rubbing with newspaper dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water. Let air-dry.

  6. Dry shoes. Place crumpled paper in them overnight.

  7. Wrap gifts. Use the comics to wrap a child’s birthday gift, or try the wedding announcements for an engagement gift.

  8. Create a home for slushy snow boots. During the winter, keep a pile of newspaper near the entryway. When your little snowmen and -women come home, they can toss their winter wear onto the newspaper instead of creating puddles on the floor.

  9. Prepare a garden. In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make room for a dedicated bed. Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch. Hose it down. Come spring, the compost blanket will have smothered the grass roots, and the bed will be primed for planting.

  10. Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells. Line the bottom with newspaper.

Plastic

Ways to reduce plastic use.