There are tons of videos out there about recycling. We went through them and choose the best ones to save you some time. Since we did the hard part of finding them, you can watch them in a short period of time and learn a lot about recycling. Here are a few videos worth a watch for recycling information.
You can learn about easy recycling tips, environmental impacts of recycling, recycling project ideas, and extreme responses to recycling. Have you heard of Garbage Island? Did you know you can recycle your running shoes? Have you seen a house made out of bottles and tires?
Check out these videos and learn more.
Ray Olson works for The City of Ventura Environmental Services Office.Â HeÂ usesÂ public service announcements to help residents understand the impacts of recycling. In this quick video, he describes the â€œfine art of recycling.â€Â The basics of recyclingÂ is being aware of the items your city or county accepts.Â Ventura is unable to recycle Styrofoam and plastic bags.Â Residents knowing notÂ to put inÂ these in theirÂ recycling bin avoids contaminants.Â Ray encourages residents to check with their city for accepted items to be effective recyclers.Â And who does not want to be one of those?
Ray also covers the importance of conservation of natural resources through recycling and the investment it gives to the economy. Returning the natural resources creates many jobs in various divisions of recycling as we also point out on Why Recycle?Â Go here to read moreÂ detailed information:Â http://22.214.171.124/~ecofrien/recyclingsuperguide.com//.
Here is one more video from Ray Olson.Â HeÂ sure has a passion for recycling and we are thinking he needs a “I Heart Recycling” t-shirt.Â He begins this videoÂ blowing sand out of his hands to connect sandÂ with production of glass. RayÂ tellsÂ usÂ thatÂ recycling glass uses eighty to ninety percent less energy as opposed to manufacturing from sand.Â Thank youÂ for the sand demonstration, Ray.
In this short video, RayÂ givesÂ tips for recycling glass.Â He warns us to avoid contaminants that requireÂ higher melting points, such as,Â light bulbs, ceramics, and window panes. You can ruin an entire recycling batch if some of that stuff gets in with the glass.Â Recyclable glass is typicallyÂ any glass that has held food.Â Ray’s final tip is to check if your beverage glass bottles have bottle deposit values to return for the deposit.Â Because reusing is even better than recycling, right? And, you get money back too!
This video is a good exampleÂ about recyclingÂ myths.Â It begins defining recycling “as the process by which materials are collected and used as raw materials for new products.”Â The video highlights some of theÂ negatives, often myths, behind recycling.
Their firstÂ mythÂ is recycling always protects the environment.Â The video argues we create more pollutionÂ collecting and sorting recyclables.Â Also, the Recycling Propaganda (as they title the video) is against recycling paperÂ since it does not saveÂ forests.Â They argue thatÂ eighty seven percent of paper is manufactured fromÂ trees planted for paper production. In regards to landfill space, there is no need to worry.Â There is plenty of landfill space for eighteen more years and are the safest ever.Â Safe because the Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring them. Finally, the video claims that we lose eight billion dollars each year from recycling and it does not benefit the economy.
Ironically, the video does end by saying “the world would be better ifÂ everyone justÂ did their part.” They add a little reminder that is always good to recycle aluminum cans, batteries, and building materials.
Don’t just take this video’s word for it though. Things aren’t always black and white. We write about the same subject on the page, Recycling Is Too Difficult and 9 Other Obnoxious Myths.Â You’ll see that some of this video’s arguments don’t really hold up under greater scrutiny.
Eric Rochow of Real World Green, a web video broadcast, tells us how to recycle old athletic shoes. Nike has a program called Reuse-A-ShoeÂ to recycle any brand of athletic shoe.Â Nike recycles the vinyl and soles with left over production material to make Nike Grind.Â This material is used to make rubber athletic courts, tracks and playground surfaces.Â You know, it isÂ the kind of track you step on and wonder how it is made.Â At the time of Eric’s broadcast, Nike had recycled 20 million pairs of sneakers and partnered to produce 265 athletic fields.
Eric Rochow suggests this would make a great community or school project. And it really would.Â Look at www.nikereuseashoe.com to find out more information and shoes drop off locations.
The Manhattan Compost Project for the Lower East Side Ecology Center gives us the quick rundown on Worm Composting.Â This might be recycling at itsÂ most naturalÂ form and prevents thirty percent of food waste from entering the landfill. Reducing biodegradable wasteÂ in landfillsÂ decreases the amount of methane gas released into the atmosphere.Â ThatÂ is a good idea, right? Read here before you make that decision: Learn About Landfills and Methane Gas. We provide you with a lot of information on the topic of methane gas.
The worm compost video isÂ less than two minutes.Â ButÂ it has a lot of information on recycling food waste and organic matter. The composter in the video suggests it is even easier than it looks.Â And she makes it look so easy.Â Here is a list of things you will need to worm compost.
- Buy a compost bin or make your own
- Order red composting worms online
- Moisten paper strips (three parts water to one part paper)
- Food scraps and organic matter (avoid meat, oils, and dairy products)
In this video,Â a womanÂ lays out sixty water bottlesÂ on a table to represent the trash one person makes by drinkingÂ a bottle of water a day for two months. This visual definitely strikes an impact on the waste we create. Not sure about you, but we drink more than a bottle of water a day.Â So the reality is we would create a lot of trash if we did not have a refillable water bottle.
Buying a designated safe waterÂ bottle is a very easy solution to the reduce consumption. You do not have to make a sacrifice and, if anything, it becomes more convenient since it is refillable. You always have water.Â And since you are not buying bottled water, you canÂ save money too. Everyone should have one of these water bottles!
Why recycle? Garbage Island is why.
CNNâ€™s News to Me interviewed Thomas Morton, a journalist, about a documentary he is filming about Garbage Island located northeast of Hawaii.Â Garbage Island is an area of the ocean double the size of Texas that is disgustingly contaminated with trash.Â Thomas says it is like being in a snow globe when under the water surfaceÂ in the debris.
Water samples taken from Garbage Island are showing that plastics out ratio plankton six to one on average.Â And in some areas it was a thousand to one! Eighty percent of this pollution is estimated to be from land and river run off. A major concern is the pollution is moving its way up the food chain. Doctors are studying the exposure to the chemicals in these plastics and linking them to many of the United Statesâ€™ public health concerns. The video teaches about minimizing our environmental impact, and why the three simple words Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are so important.
Brian Burke, known as the Zero Waste King, talks about what his community at Quayside Cohousing complex in Vancouver, Canada is doing to reduce their waste and recycle. They are one of the firsts, as Brian says, to â€œdump their dumpster.â€Â The complex called to have it removed.Â The interview takes place in the garage beside the Toyota Prius, of course, so you can see how they organize their recycling.
Brian shows how his community has figured out a way to recycle Styrofoam and animal bones.Â Since the Styrofoam is light, they are able to mail it to a Styrofoam recycling facility. The animal bones are dropped off at a local butcher shop to be picked up and ground into bone meal.Â Bone meal is used in the garden industry as an organic fertilizer.
A community withÂ Zero Waste is an amazingÂ accomplishment.Â Brian describes that his community has focused on this mindset: â€œEvery time you consider throwing something away: you have to start thinking there is no away.Â Away is coming back to you wherever you put it. And so you put something in the garbage.Â It gets into the water. And that water gets back into the food you that you are buying from the store. And those pollutants are coming back to you in the food you are buying.â€
Buying recycled isÂ an easyÂ way to reduce our waste. It is a great recycling tip. Here is a rain barrel to buy recycled to help you harvest rainwater. It is two steps in recycling with one effort: rain barrel and rainwater.
This is a product video on a 50 gallon recycled rain barrel. The presenter shows the rain barrel is actually a food barrel from Greece. It was once filled with Greek peppers. These containers were shipped to restaurants and then recycled into rain barrels. SinceÂ theÂ barrel originallyÂ contained food,Â the barrel is safe to collect rainwater for gardens.
A plus for this particular rain barrel is it is reused and not technically recycled. Therefore,Â it did not require energy to recreate. It is an easyÂ option for one person to have a large positive environmental impact by buying recycled, especially if the item is reused, andÂ reusing rainwater.
In just over a minute video, CNN International presents Michael Reynolds, creator of Earthship Biotecture in New Mexico. Michael was formerly an Architect but now refers to himself as a Biotech.Â He designs sustainable homes built out of recycled materials that are typically thrown away.Â He came up with the idea in the 1970â€™s, when a news showÂ covered aÂ story on cans being tossed out on the highway.Â His reaction was to build a house out of cans.Â Talk about grabbing a bull by the horns!
An Earthship home is toured in the video. SeeÂ the homeÂ in construction phases with earth packed tire walls. The finished recycled glass bottle bathroom wall is unbelievable!
Trash or Treasure?
Living St. Louis airs on St. Louis Public Television.Â Ruth Ezell interviews artists on why they work with recycled materials.Â The artists talk about theirÂ favorite mediums, includingÂ metal salvaged from junkyards, clay made from junk mail, and reclaimed wood.Â Art pieces were created for an online auction to raise money and awareness for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.Â This organization isÂ dedicated to providing education and legal defense to protect the environment.
This fundraiser madeÂ a creative community project!Â It would be a great and easyÂ idea for any community. It can raise money for a good cause and bring awareness to recycling.
This video, Recycling Is a Waste of Time, is an excerpt from the Battle of Ideas 2007 annual conference. The conference isÂ a series of audience involved debatesÂ held inÂ London, United Kingdom.Â The Institute of Ideas organizesÂ it and isÂ on hot topics in today’s society. It is aimed at free thinkers wanting to be challenged.Â The conference is becoming very popular.
Thomas Deichmann, a journalist and Editor in Chief of the German magazine Novo, is featured in this segment of the debate.Â He says the “best you can do as an ordinary citizen today is not to think about waste.Â Recycling is a waste of time, waste of money, and waste of intellectual or moral, however you call it, brain energy.”Â He keeps going to say that recycling has become a political issue and a “brainwash attempt.”Â Yes, he really does say “brainwash attempt.” The more beneficial approach to recycling is to let the experts take care of waste not let the citizens concern themselves on how to recycle.Â He suggests the most beneficial waste management program is to burn it cleanly with filters and use the energy.
You can probably begin to imagine some of the respones. Mainly the panel responds to Deichmann’sÂ neglect of conservation of natural resources.Â They alsoÂ talk aboutÂ the importance of the education and mindset that household recycling creates. TheÂ respondents on theÂ panel are:Â Julia Hailes, author of The New Green Consumer Guide,Â JulieÂ Hill, former Director of Green Alliance, and Rob Lyons, writerÂ focused around environment and waste.Â All very green people in a free thinker kind of way.Â It does make for a good discussion.
The full video can be seen here: Battle of Ideas: Recycling Is a Waste of Time.Â It has a lot ofÂ information and opinions onÂ recycling but is long.Â You can decide if you can sit through it.Â But you wereÂ warned: it is almost an hour long video.