2.15 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Program Connections:
  • Key to the Living World
    • 4. Celebrate Earth Day
    • 5. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!


  • Key to the Living World: Interest badge
    • Terrific Trash

Gathering Activity (in their circles)


  • Circle Songs
  • Brownie Song


  • Find out what causes bad air and other pollution? Discuss ways you and your unit can help improve the environment.
    • Air pollution is anything that makes our air unhealthy or that damages the atmosphere. Things such as cars, factories, power plants contribute to air pollution, If causes health probalems, harms animals and plants and is believed to be slowly raising the Earth's temperature (global warming).
    • Water pollution occurs when harmful substances such as oil or other chemical enters our waterways by accident or on purpose.
    • Land/soil pollution is caused by dumping acids, chemicals, radioactive waste and sewage sludge onto our lands.
    • Noise pollution is caused by cars, trucks, buses, alarms, silence or anything else that is unpleasant to listen to. Over time, noise pollution can harm hearing.
  • Ask the girls what we can do help improve the environment
    • walk, cycle or use public transportation;
    • turn off lights, tv, radio, and other electrical item when not in use
    • use low energy light bulbs
    • avoid using gas powered machinery such as a lawnmower
    • do not put chemicals down the drain or storm sewer
    • purchase items that are sold in reusable containers
    • look for products that have very little packaging
    • use safe alternatives to pesticides
    • reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Learn how to turn food waste into compost for gardens
    • Scraps of food (except for meat, fish, bones and fatty foods such as cheese and cooking oil) can be thrown into your vegetable garden and worked back into the soil, or they can be composted.
    • Compost is decayed organic matter. It is used for fertilizing and improving the soil. Fruit and vegetable waste, grass and leaves are organic matter typically used in composts.
    • Composting is the process where you take your recyclable food and yard waste and turn it into compost.
    • Find a place in your yard for a compost bin. Chop your compost materials into small pieces so the composting process works faster. Composting needs oxygen to work. Add compost material to pile loosely. If the materials are compacted too much, the air will not flow through the pile and the materials will not decompose quickly.
    • Kitchen scraps should be added to the center of the pile. A compost pile will generate heat, and the center is where the heat will be the greatest. Placing your fresh scraps in the center of the compost pile will also hide the food from animals and insects. You should turn the materials in the pile with a shovel or pitch fork every one or two days. The compost pile should always be kept moist, so you may need to spray water on it once in a while. It will take 6 – 12 months for the compost to be ready for use.





Brownie Closing