Rated E for Everyone
When you throw something away, where exactly is ‘away’?
Ever since our ancient relatives cracked open clamshells for dinner, humans have made garbage, and we’ve had to figure out what to do with it. Today, we’re producing more garbage than ever: there’s trash in the ocean, on top of mountains, and even in space!
In this book, you’ll explore the strange and fascinating stories that garbage tells. Along the way, you’ll meet people with smart ideas for reducing and reusing garbage.
I know I say this about a lot of books but this book should be required reading in schools. Not just elementary schools, all schools. And not just at schools, adults should read this book too. And have it read over and over so people will get the point. It’s important for people to learn where their garbage goes after they throw it away. Trash doesn’t go away. It just goes somewhere. And it builds up high and higher.
This book is full of information on where trash goes after we throw it ‘away’. It’s pretty amazing what people did in the olden days to get rid of their trash. Mostly disgusting ways. For example, throwing it into the streets.
One important point I want to make is about recycling. My family recycles a lot. My mom recycled before it was popular. We recycle metal cans, plastic bottles, and glass containers. We collect rainwater and use it to water out plants. I don’t understand why some people don’t recycle. It’s not that hard and it keeps what can be used again out of the landfill. Any kids who are reading this please recycle. Think twice before throwing that water bottle into the trash or on the ground.
For television shows about recycling and trash, check out the following:
Cyberchase, a children’s show on PBS kids, Trash Creep. In this episode the Cyber Squad learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Magic School Bus, Family Holiday Special: In this Holiday episode, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns what would happen if recycling didn’t exist.
I’m hoping that anyone out there reading this review will pick up this book and learn something about garbage. I learned so much and I hope you do too.