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Tri-County Resource & Waste Management Council - Bringing Solid Waste Management and Education to Rural Communities

Mini Materials Recovery Facility (MRF): How Recycling Works

Meets goals 4A, 4B, 6B, 12E, 13B, 21A

Mini-MRF (educational model)
A miniature model of an actual Materials Recovery Facility with sorting belt, bins, gloves (to protect hands while sorting) and "to the landfill" bin. A great activity. Kids can use the hand crank to activate the belt, sort through the recyclables and determine what stays and what goes- to the landfill.
To The BFI Recyclery (video)
To The BFI Recyclery (video)
30 min., ages 5-12, a video field trip to the BFI Recyclery in Milpitas, California. Shows what happens to our recyclables after they get picked up.

Other Educational Resources

Recycling: Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why
Story Time: Stories and Talks with the 3Rs Theme
Shopping: The Choices We Make
Aluminum Recycling: Resource and Energy Savings
Mini Materials Recovery Facility (MRF): How Recycling Works
Garbage and Health
Closing the Loop: Buy Recycled
Landfills: Design and Purpose
Environmental and Solid Waste Legislation
How Things Recycle: Composting and Vermi-Composting
Paper Recycling
My Environment - for Pre-K to Grade 1
A Short History of Trash
Glass Recycling
Art and Activity Books
Tri-County Regional
Collection Facility
510 North Pearl St.
Macomb, Illinois
Phone: 309-331-4782 or 309-836-5926