Making Recycling a Family Habit

Making Recycling a Family Habit

Look through your home for ways to model green living for your children.

One family habit that can make the most immediate impression on the very young is an organized system for recycling family waste.

Children who grow up knowing that aluminum cans, glass, plastics, newspapers, magazines, and office paper do not go into the garbage can, but instead are reserved for recycling, will surely continue the practice in their own lives as adults.

The Web site for Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth tells us that we each can save twenty-four hundred pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of our household waste.

To find out more about recycling in your neighborhood, go to the Web site of Earth 911 and type in your ZIP Code for the information about your city’s recycling program. You’ll also find information about how and where to recycle car parts, oil, unwanted fuels, vehicles, tires, batteries, electronics, construction materials, and so on.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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