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From the Winter 2017 Conservationist for Kids

A photo of toys made from recylable materials

Photo: By Elliot Moore (Flickr: Recycled toy) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Treasure from Trash

By Jeremy Taylor

Find treasure in your trash! Practice reusing items and recycling your waste by starting with your own recycling bin. There are many crafts and projects that can be made with things you usually put in your home or school recycling bin. Here are a few suggested projects, although you can also ask your teacher or parents to help you find more ideas on the internet, in library books, or in magazines. When you are done with your projects, send us your photos! They can be emailed to us at

Note the following links leave DEC's website