Not everything we are finished with has to go to the rubbish dump. Some things like paper, cans, cardboard and bottles can be put into special bins or boxes. The special bins are blue or green and the boxes are red or black. All the things from the special bins go to factories where they are made into new things. This is called recycling.

Some people also have a compost bin. These are often brown and take stuff from the garden like leaves, grass and weeds. In some places you can also put food like apple cores, potato peelings and banana skins in your composting bin. You need to check with the Council to make sure.

Everyone should have a recycling box or bin at home and many schools recycle paper and other things.

Recycling is easy. Itís just old things going to factories to be made into new things again.

To learn more, why not read Mr Ratís Recycling Story or play the recycling game.