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Recycling Vocabulary

Plastics Engineer Recycling unit

Biodegradable when a substance is able to be broken down by tiny organisms into smaller pieces
Carbon Footprint the total carbon dioxide emissions produced by an individual, group, or location
Compost a soil like mixture made from rotting plant and animal matter
Conservation the wise use of water, land, and other resources to minimize waste or loss
Disposable meant to be thrown away after one use
Ecological Footprint the impact of a person or community on the environment, expressed as the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources.
Ecosystem A biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
Environment the surroundings in which a person, animal, or plant lives
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch patch of solid waste the size of Texas floating in the currents of the North Pacific gyre, mostly consisting of plastics.
Greenhouse Effect Heat is retained in Earth's atmosphere by carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and other gases
Greenhouse Gases Gases in Earth's atmosphere that trap heat near the surface
Hazardous Waste toxic things that are thrown away that harm the earth and living things
Landfill an area where garbage is dumped and covered with dirt
Leachate polluted liquid produced by water passing through buried wastes in a landfill
Microplastics extremely small pieces of plastic in the ocean/air resulting from the breakdown of un-recycled trash
Natural Resource something in nature that helps support life or meets people's needs
Non-Recyclables items that cannot be recycled
Organic grown only with natural fertilizers (no man made chemicals)
Pollution the introduction of harmful materials into our soil, air, or water
Raw Materials things in nature that people use to make things
Recycle to make new things from old materials
Reduce to use less or make less waste
Reuse to use again
Trash things that are thrown away to be taken to a dump or landfill
Waste Stream the flow of solid waste that is recycled, incinerated, placed in a solid waste landfill, or disposed of in another way
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