Monthly Archives: October 2012

Trash & Wildlife

Trash and Animals

Knowing the potential impact of trash on wildlife can save an animal’s life.  Did you know that …

Bird Paw  An animal can experience a fatal blockage if he swallows packaging material while attempting to eat the residue off of it?

  An animal’s head can get stuck inside certain plastic and glass containers causing suffocation or overheating?  In particular, certain yogurt containers that are narrower at the top and wider at the bottom are especially dangerous for animals.

Bird Paw  Six-pack beverage rings can get stuck around an animal’s nose, mouth and neck, blocking off her means of breathing, eating, drinking and self defense?

  Broken glass and sharp edges on cans can cut an animal’s paws and mouth as he attempts to eat food residue off of them?

To help keep animals safe, the MSPCA encourages you to use the following checklist when putting out trash:

checkmark  Rinse all of your recyclables to remove residue and odors.

checkmark  Put lids back on containers tightly. If the lids have been misplaced, crush the containers.

checkmark  Use a can opener that opens cans beneath the lip of the lids, leaving only smooth edges on the cans and lids.  Make sure to completely separate lids from cans.

checkmark  Cut up all six-pack beverage holders and other similar packaging so that there are no closed rings.

checkmark  Use critter-proof trash containers. Click here to be directed to our Trash Knight resources and links page for ordering information.

checkmark  Recycle all plastic bags at your local grocery store. Don’t put plastic bags in the trash.

checkmark  Cut fishing line up into small pieces or tie it into a secure bundle so that it cannot be unwound.

checkmark  Switch to brands that have less packaging and buy food in bulk to avoid creating excess trash.

checkmark  Spread the word!  Teach your kids, friends, and family to do the same!

Recycle Rex Recycle Challenge!



Recycle Challenge

Recycle Rex's Recycle Challenge

Hey Kids and Teachers!

Recycle Rex here inviting you to take my “Recycle Challenge!” My friends at Keep California Beautiful, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), and I would like to challenge your class to see how many aluminum and plastic California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers you can collect and recycle! Visit the Keep California Beautiful website to find out how your class can participate! Keep recycling!

Congratulations to the “2011” Recycle Challenge Top Five!

  1. Lincoln Elementary of Ventura: Mrs. Nicholls’ Kindergarten and Ms. Barnhizer’s Kindergarten – 70,907 containers.  Lincoln Elementary’s  Success Story (PDF,  141 KB)
  2. Truman Benedict Elementary School of San Clemente: Kindergarten – 5th graders – 68,698 containers.
  3.  Oak Grove Elementary of Aliso Viejo: Mrs. Lee’s 5th graders – 35,447 containers.
  4. Tijeras Creek Elementary School of Rancho Santa Margarita: Mrs. Morgan’s 5th graders – 31,602 containers.
  5. Vallecito Elementary of San Rafael: Mr. Miller’s 4th/5th split class – 24,252 containers.


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