Recycling Library Resources

books artResources on Recycling & Composting at the Thomas Memorial Library

Compiled by Rachel Davis

For Kids…

Recycled crafts box : sock puppets, cardboard castles, bottle bugs & 37 more earth-friendly projects & activities you can create / Laura C. Martin  (2003)

j745.5 MAR  Discusses recycling and provides information and instructions for making art projects from a variety of recycled materials.

Crafts from recyclables : great ideas from throwaways / edited by Colleen Van Blaricom ; illustrated by Ron LeHew.       (1992) j745.5 Cra   Wait! Don't throw that away! You can make a jewelry box from an egg carton, an aquarium from a plastic soda bottle, an entire village from paper bags, & lots more crafts from ordinary trash. The colorful illustrations & easy-to-follow directions in this book will provide hours of amusement for kids.

Recyclopedia : games, science equipment, and crafts from recycled materials / written and illustrated by Robin Simons ; developed at the Boston Children's Museum. (1976)  j745.5 Sim   Suggestions for games, crafts, and scientific equipment that can be made from recycled materials.

Recycle! : a handbook for kids / by Gail Gibbons. (1992)   jP 628.4 Gib  

Explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.

Where does the garbage go? / by Paul Showers ; illustrated by Randy Chewning. (1994)  jP 628.44 Sho   Explains how people create too much waste and how waste is now recycled and put into landfills.

What a load of trash! / by Steve Skidmore ; illustrations by Thompson Yardley. (1991)  jP 363.72 Ski    Humorous illustrations accompany a discussion of the problems of waste disposal and of recycling as one possible solution.

Trash! / by Charlotte Wilcox ; photographs by Jerry Bushey. (1988)

jP 363.7 Wil    Examines various methods of garbage disposal, with an emphasis on sanitary landfills but also surveying such alternatives as mass burn and recycling.

Recycling garbage / Donna Bailey.  (1991)   jP 363.72 Bai Discusses how various waste materials are recycled and proposes ways for children to act more responsibly toward the environment.

Recycling plastic / Joy Palmer. (1990)   j363.7 Pal   Discusses the environmental problems caused by the manufacture and disposal of plastic products and shows how the recycling of these products can reduce these threats.

Garbage day! [videorecording] (1994)  jVIDEO 363.7 GAR VHS    Takes children on a field trip to see how garbage is disposed of at landfills and recycling centers.

Dinosaurs to the rescue! : a guide to protecting our planet / Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown. (1992)   jP 363.7 Bro    Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce the earth's major environmental problems and suggest ways children can help.

Compost critters / text and photographs by Bianca Lavies. (1993) j631.8 Lav  

Describes what happens in a compost pile and how creatures, from bacteria and mites to millipedes and earthworms, aid in the process of turning compost into humus.

The compost heap/ Harlow Rockwell.  (1974) jP 631.8 Roc   Explains simply how a compost heap is made and how it turns into soil.

For Teens…

Girls and young women leading the way : 20 true stories about leadership / Frances A. Karnes and Suzanne M. Bean ; edited by Rosemary Wallner. (1993)

YA 361.2 Kar   Recounts the experiences of twenty girls and young women who have led the way in such community action as feeding the hungry, recycling, saving the bluebirds, and promoting literacy.

Planting the seed : a guide to gardening / by Suzanne Winckler. (2002)

YA 635 WIN   In this informative how-to-guide, readers will learn the secrets behind gardening, and discover firsthand what goes into designing, planting, caring for, and harvesting an organic garden. With a little time, knowledge, and hard work, readers can watch their gardens, and the fun they have working in them, bloom and grow.

For Adults…

Let it rot! : the gardener's guide to composting / Stu Campbell. (1998)

631.875 Cam   In 1975, Let it Rot! helped start the composting movement and taught gardeners everywhere how to recycle waste to create soil-nourishing compost. Contains advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost. (Third Edition.)

The Rodale book of composting / Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny, editors.  (1992)   631.875 Rod    Rev. ed. of: The Rodale guide to composting, by Jerry Minnich.  A compendium of ideas and diverse approaches.

Cradle to cradle : remaking the way we make things / William McDonough & Michael Braungart. (2002)  745.2 McD    A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism "Reduce, reuse, recycle" urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage.

The McGraw-Hill recycling handbook / Herbert F. Lund, editor in chief. (1993)   

REF 363.7282 McG    Providing a bridge between recycling experts and the officials charged with developing and running recycling programs and operations, this practical reference offers an overview of recycling, including the current laws that govern recycling, the strategic goals of recycling programs, and the need to boost public awareness of the value of recycling.

Garbage land : on the secret trail of trash / Elizabeth Royte. (2005)  363.72 ROY 

Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels... But where do these things go next? In a country that consumes and then casts off more and more, what actually happens to the things we throw away?  In Garbage Land, acclaimed science writer Elizabeth Royte leads us on the wild adventure that begins once our trash hits the bottom of the can.

Finding God in the garden : backyard reflections on life, love, and compost / Balfour Brickner.  (2002)  296.37 Bri     Using the garden as a sanctuary and springboard, Rabbi Brickner considers the lessons to be learned from the tasks of caring for the land, the wonder of a garden in full bloom, and the connections between biblical teachings and botanical life.

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