Take Out the Trash
Glossary
Four Rs
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Four Rs (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle) will help you conserve renewable and nonrenewable resources and make less trash.
 
Compost
Compost
A mixture of once living things (like grass and other plants) or food scraps (like egg shells or banana peels) that decay and is used as fertilizer. Once decayed, compost looks a lot like soil many gardeners call it black gold!
 
Incinerator
A furnace or container for burning waste materials
 
Landfill
Landfill
Also known as a dump, it is a site for trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried. It is the oldest form of waste management.
 
Nonrenewable Resources
Resources that can be depleted, such as coal, oil, and minerals. These resources exist in limited quantities. Once we have used them, they are gone.
 
Recycle
To use resources or nutrients to make something else.
 
Reduce
To use less stuff, produce less trash
 
Rethink
To stop and think about alternatives with less trash
 
Reuse
To use items more than once
 
Renewable Resources
Resources that can be replenished, such as trees and other plants. These resources are capable of being replaced by natural cycles or by humans.