Why is trash a big problem?

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Why is trash a big
problem?
1. Litter on the ground
2. Trash in Landfills
Trash thrown on the ground…
Ends up in our creeks…
Which lead to the ocean!
The ocean is FULL of Plastic!
2,000,000,000,000 pounds of
What happens to the stuff
we put into the trash can?
A garbage truck picks it up and brings it
to…
…a
Sanitary Landfill!
A compactor packs it
down.
Bulldozers push it around.
Does trash make anything?
Yes!
1.MethaneIt heats up the
world!
2. Leachates -
How much trash do we make?
In Santa Cruz County?
1,092,857
pounds!
Every day!
Does your School’s trash look like this
after lunch?
Is your trash can filled with these?
What happens when we
recycle something?
How do things (cans, bottles, paper)
get recycled?
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Front loaders dump it onto
conveyor belts
People sort recyclables at the MRF
Machines also sort recyclables.
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This machine sorts plastic bottles
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After it is sorted,
it is crushed into cubes
Just like Wall-E did!
Companies buy the cubes of crushed
cans and make new cans out of them!
Recycling helps the
planet!
It saves an enormous amount
of…
1. Energy (oil)
2. Natural
resources
(like trees, mountains, water, air, soil)
3. And
reduces
pollution!
What does
it take to
make an
aluminum
can?
aluminum can
We can
eliminate
FOUR of
the seven
steps
when we
recycle.
What can be recycled?
1. All Hard Plastic containers: yogurt cups, food trays; water bottles
Plastic utensils (put them in a bag); Plastic Take-out food containers,
laundry detergent bottles,
2. All Metal (tin, aluminum cans & foil, pet food cans) Aerosol cans, small
metal appliances, steel, iron.
3. Glass jars, bottles+ tops to bottles (both plastic and metal tops)
4. Paper: White & colored paper, Newspaper, magazines, glossy paper,
junk mail, all envelopes, catalogues,
Also Juice boxes (all aseptic containers), empty Milk cartons & frozen
food packaging and empty paper cups
5. Plastic bags – (bag your bags), bubble wrap, bread bags, ziploc bags
6. Mixed Paper: manila folders, egg cartons, telephone books, paper bags,
mostly clean paper plates, butcher paper, construction paper, etc.
7. Cardboard: cardboard boxes (flattened), paperboard, cereal boxes
8. Assorted: Batteries (put them in a sealed bag),
What you do makes a difference for all of
us!
Thank
You
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