Eat your meal, then your cutlery? One company’s answer to plastic pollution | CBC News

Plastic cutlery is a major contributor to the growing plastic waste crisis. An estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are used and thrown away each year in the United States alone. But an Indian cutlery company has a possible solution — spoons and forks you can eat.

Source: Eat your meal, then your cutlery? One company’s answer to plastic pollution | CBC News

111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030 due to Chinese import ban: study | CBC News

Earlier this year, China stopped taking much of the world’s recyclable plastic waste. Now a new study suggests that by the year 2030, an estimated 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will be “displaced” as a result of the policy.

Source: 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030 due to Chinese import ban: study | CBC News

Plastics 101 | National Geographic

Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives. Continue reading

The Spacefaring Power of Pee

Getting to Mars is on our minds back here on Earth, and when it comes to space travel, recycling is a space traveler’s best friend – pee included! Today we’re looking at a brilliant new potential use for pee in space, and URINE for a surprise, it flows a bit farther than drinking water!

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Recycle Your Electronics Programs for Schools

recycle electrons kidsHi,
 
We are writing to you on behalf of Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) and Recycle Your Electronics.  
 
We hope that your school will be interested in having a Recycle Your Electronics educator visit your school to bring our program of education, interactive in-classroom games and activities to your grades four through eight classes.  
 
We are now booking FREE classroom visits in your area and we’d like to schedule a class at your school in the upcoming weeks. We are touring 250 schools in Ontario and we would like yours to be one of those. Last year we ran a 32 school assembly tour and a university tour to 5 different schools.
 
In our presentation, we’ll use videos, games and activities all geared around recycling education that dovetails with the curriculum approved education modules we’ll provide for follow up in your classroom.
 
Students will learn about:
  • Understanding elements and materials in everyday devices such as rare earth and precious metals.
  • The importance of end of life electronics recycling and participating in sustainability, right here in Ontario.
In addition, we’d also like to know if your school might like to participate in an Electronics Recycling Collection event. It’s a great fundraising program for schools where electronics are returned to the school by parents and families and schools receive funding based on collected materials. It’s a great way to tie in the teaching we’ll already be doing together. If you think your school might be interested in this second element of a collection event, we’ll have someone from OES get in touch with the school contact you provide and they’ll take it from there! 
 
Thanks once again for your interest in the program and your commitment to enhancing your students’ understanding of these critical issues, related to the science curriculum.
 
Here are a few videos to check out from last year.
 
Our overview of our 2016 program from RecycleYourElectronics.ca
recycleyourelectronics.ca
Recycle Your Electronics lets you look up the electronics recycling drop-off locations nearest you. Find out where you can take your old electronics today!
Recycle Your Electronics lets you look up the electronics recycling drop-off locations nearest you. Find out where you can take your old electronics today!
 
Our ‘Future is in Your Hands’ video featuring Alan Nursall
 
 
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions
 
Sincerely, 
Angela Miele
Resonator on behalf of OES/Recycle Your Electronics