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The History of Recycling

Recycling is the process of recovering and reusing waste products from household items, manufacturing, agriculture, and businesses, so reducing their impact on the environment.  Recycling has always been important. During World War 1 and World War 2, shortages of important materials led to collection drives for silk, rubber and other materials.  In recent years, the environmental benefits of recycling have become a major part of waste management programs.                  
Here at Albany Hills, we help the environment by recycling paper and composting.
Recycled paper is important for a sustainable future. Did you know that recycling 1 tonne of paper or cardboard saves 30 000 litres of water, saves 17 trees, reduces air pollution and landfill and saves 4 100 kilowatts of energy. So, remember to only buy recycled paper and make sure you put all your old paper and cardboard into the paper recycling bin. 
Our future depends on it.

Do you know what composting is? 
If not, well you’re in luck.  
1. When you eat an apple or banana, you put your apple core or banana skin into the compost bin.  Here it breaks down and absorbs into the ground. This makes the soil healthier for growing vegetables and plants. It is good for the environment and it feeds the earth worms. 
2. Things you can compost-                                                                     
Banana peel, apple core and mango skin                       
Lettuce, potato skin, pumpkin skin, egg shell  
Onion, orange skin, carrot tops, strawberry leaves 
Tea bags, spinach leaves, peach seed, mango seed
Look for the white composting buckets in all of the eating areas.

A rubbish bin is a bin you put general waste in (no compost material or recyclable materials.) This includes plastic bags and food scraps that can’t be composted like cake, meat produce, cheese, bread and pasta.

Here at Albany Hills, we try our best to put all of our scraps in the right bins, so we can help the environment.  We hope you can help at home too.

By Majenta, Niha and Ava