Turn Over A New Leaf
When the leaves start to fall, it’s a good time to think of all the ways you can help save the earth. The next time you
jump into a pile of leaves, remember that leaves can be recycled or made into compost.
What is compost?
Compost is a process that turns organic material, like leaves or table food scraps, into a rich soil that is often used for
planting. Leaves are a natural example of composting. When leaves fall, they slowly break down to become soil that helps new
plants grow. You can make your own compost, by piling up leaves in one corner of your yard. You have to be patient because
composting can take a long time—up to six months if you don’t stir the pile. Composting can be complicated, so ask
someone to help you.
Here is a puzzle for you to solve:
Where Do My Recyclables Go?
The combined bottles, cans, paper and cardboard will be sorted at Waste Management's Recycling Center in Minneapolis,
the largest recycling facility of its kind in Minnesota. The center employs the most advanced sorting technologies from
the US and Europe, and ships the sorted commodities to both domestic and Asian markets for use in new products.
There are many websites designed to help kids better understand the importance of recycling and protecting the environment.
For a list of these websites click here.
Read All About It!
Want to know more about recycling or the environment? The following books are filled with facts and exciting projects. Check
For Kids To Do for the latest featured book, then check your local library to find it and the other books listed below:
TITLE: Let’s Talk Trash: The Kids’ Book About Recycling
AUTHOR: David, Fassler & Kelly McQueen
INTEREST AGE LEVEL: Preschool - 12 years
Do you worry about oil spills, rain forests, pollution and how our earth can stay green? This book tells about the problems of
solid waste disposal so you can understand it. Let’s Talk Trash tells you about major environmental issues facing the
world today. Written with the help of children between 5 and 12 years of age, Let’s Talk Trash shares their thoughts,
questions, and drawings and encourages more discussion. "Talking Trash" has never been so much fun!
Other Titles of Interest:
Earth-Friendly Toys: How To Make Fabulous Toys & Games From Reusable Objects
by George Pfiffner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Fifty Simple Things Kids Can Do To Recycle
by Earthworks Group Staff
Publisher: Earth Works
Follow That Trash: All About Recycling
by Francis Jacobs
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Garbage & Recycling
by Rosie Harlow
Publisher: Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, Inc.
Gifts To Make For Your Favorite Grownup
by Kathy Ross
Publisher: Millbrook Press, Inc.
Here Comes The Recycling Truck
by Judith Mathew
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Learn To Recycle
by Annalisa Suid
Publisher: Monday Morning Books, Inc.
Recyclables Fun: Creative Craft Ideas
by Diane Cherkerzian
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
by Fay Robinson
Publisher: Children’s Press
Where Does The Garbage Go?
by Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Gareth Stevens, Inc.
Where Does All That Garbage Go!
by Melvin Berger (mini books)
Publisher: Newbridge Communications, Inc.