Recycling (junior)

Where can I find information about recycling?

Junior Primary

(Years 1-4)

Colour photo of 4 recycling bins — one of each in yellow, blue, red and green colour for different materials to be recycled.

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Entry last updated: 27/05/22


Recycling is a series of steps where waste materials (rubbish) that are still useful can be sorted, processed and used again to make new things. Recycling can help reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill rubbish tips. Some examples of recyclable materials are: glass, some plastics, paper, cardboard and aluminium.

General websites

Here are some websites that will help you find information on recycling.

SciShow Kids | YouTube

This YouTube channel has a video that talks about recycling.

  • Look through the videos for How Recycling Works!

  • Or you can use the search bar to enter 'SciShow Kids recycling' to find the same video.

This website explains why recycling is important in New Zealand and what we can do to recycle.

  • Select Recycling is easy.

  • Have a look in Everyday recycling.

  • Watch the video on The importance of recycling in New Zealand.

  • Explore the posters listed under Everyday Resources further down the page to see what items can be recycled.

Tips: Some websites have .au, .nz, .uk or other codes in their url. This can tell you which country this website comes from eg .au is from Australia or .nz is from New Zealand. You can check the ‘About Us’ link on the website for more information.

Britannica School Primary

Britannica is part of EPIC, a collection of reliable websites covering lots of different topics. It has been put together especially for New Zealand school students and has some information on recycling

  • Enter a keyword like 'recycling' or 'recycle' into the search box.

  • Explore the results to look at articles on recycling.

  • Read about what gets recycled and types of recycling in the Recycling article.

  • Check out the Recycling video next to the article.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.


Here are some books we found about recycling. Visit your local public or school library to see what they have.

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