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Read and Recycle

re·cy·cle
To recover and reuse waste products - from household use, manufacturing, agriculture, and business - and reduce their burden on the environment. During World War I and World War II, shortages of materials led to collection drives for silk, rubber, and other commodities. In recent years the environmental benefits of recycling have become a major component of waste management programs in many countries.

We´ve found a few interesting ways you can reuse the newspaper once you´ve finished reading it. How many ideas can you come up with? What other ways do you recycle household products once you´re done using them?

Recycling Puppy

Growing pizza vegies in a lasagna garden: Using the technique called "Lasagna Gardening" which requires layering newspapers, peat moss, mulch, and organic materials, you can create a garden - even from a sandpile.

Book Cover: Textbooks and school supplies look even smarter when they´re under cover. Here´s how your kids can customize their book covers!

The Geodesic Dome: When engineer and writer R. Buckminster Fuller invented the geodesic dome, I bet he never realized how well it would function as a playhouse. In fact, you might as well just stop reading and get a stack of newspaper right now, because this is clearly the coolest project online.

Make a Platypus: The platypus is a strange looking animal and has a bill like a duck and a tail like a beaver. Here´s some instructions on how to make one.

The Matching Game: The game is played like concentration, only for this game, you get to make your own cards.

On the Web

Bureau of International Recycling
http://www.bir.org/
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is the only international federation of industries involved in the recovery and recycling of iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, stainless steel & alloys, paper, textiles, plastics and rubber.

Glossary of Recycling Terms
http://grn.com/grn/library/gloss.htm
NEWSPRINT - Alternate term for the low grade paper used to make newspaper.

Jobs Through Recycling
http://www.epa.gov/jtr/
This Web site provides recycling market development information for state and local officials, sources of technical and financial assistance for recycling businesses, and general information for visitors interested in learning more about JTR.

Mexican Piñata
http://www.kinderplanet.com/pinata.htm
You will need: papier mache glue, sheets of newspaper, a balloon, string, candies/lollies, masking tape and paints.

Paper Mache Recipes
http://www.planetpals.com/papermache.html
Make your own ornaments or other fun projects using recycled papers. You can use Newspaper, stationary, gift wrap, or any paper you have left over. Once you make the mixture using one of the three recipes below, form it into shapes, let it dry, and paint it!

Papier-Mâché Globe
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/globe/
Make your own globe of the Earth from a balloon covered with newspaper, flour-water glue, and paint. Although this is a messy project that takes days to complete, the results are very nice and teach a tremendous amount about geography.

Papier-Mâché Octopus Craft
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/papiermache/octopus/
This papier-mâché octopus is a lot of fun to make, but messy. You can either put the octopus on a table or hang it from the ceiling with fishing line to make an ocean-theme decoration.

Things You Can Do With Newspaper
http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/newspaper.html
Don´t throw away your old newspapers. Try some of these ideas to recycle or re-use them.

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