Green Manatee

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Taking care of the environment in and around Manatee County is very important. As a kid, it might seem like you are too young to help preserve and protect our county, but there are quite a few things YOU can do!

Make a Difference by Recycling Materials

Recycle Guys
Recycle Guys

The "Recycle Guys" want your help!!!  They want you to keep Manatee County green by recycling at school and at home.  Recycling is done by taking materials from old discarded materials and making other new products from them.  Aluminum cans and plastic water bottles are easy to recycle and you save energy and other natural resources by recycling them.  Each week you can fill up your recycle bins and set them out at the curb for pick up and to be taken off to be recycled into something new and useful.


There are other items you may not think about when it comes to recycling things.  So how about your family's computer and TV when it stops working and can no longer be repaired?  It can be recycled too.  All the plastic and circuit boards on computers and TVs are totally recyclable.  There are special days for all electronic things you are ready to get rid of. 


Did you know that cell phones are almost 100% recyclable?  If they are still working, they can also be used for programs like "Cell Phones for Soldiers" and Phones for Charity" which help people who need a phone but does not have enough money to buy one.


Recycling also reduces the amount of litter along our roadways and beautiful beaches.  So, let's start helping the Recycle Guys today!

Make a Difference by Reusing

Did you know your used stuff can be used in a new way?  You can reuse something you have in your own house and give it a whole new purpose!  Here are some things you can give new life to:


  • Create a keepsake box from a shoe box when you get new shoes
  • Make a tin can into a pencil, crayon, marker, or paint brush holder
  • Baby food jars can be used to hold lots of small things like buttons, nails, screws, marbles, Lego blocks, or even cotton balls.
  • Plastic drink cups you get from restaurants can be reused at home or to hold pencils and crayons

Make a Difference by Conserving

Conserving means to save.  You can conserve in many ways by just making little changes in what you do every day!  When you conserve you are helping save resources that are normally lost from wasteful behavior.  Here are some things you can do to conserve:


  • Conserve water by turning it off while you are brushing your teeth
  • Conserve water by hand washing the dishes when you don’t have a full load for the dishwasher
  • Conserve power by turning off your video game or TV when you play in another room or go to play with a friend
  • Conserve power by unplugging chargers for cell phones or electronic game when it is not being used
  • Conserve power by turning off lights in the daytime when you can open window blinds or curtains and use natural light from outside
  • Conserve energy by not keeping the door to the refrigerator or freezer open too long when you are looking for a snack or something to drink


If all the people living in Manatee County learn to conserve more energy, there will be more resources for everyone to enjoy – even for your children and grandchildren who will live here in the future.

Make a Difference by Using Less Disposables

Disposables are things that we use and then throw away.  It is easy to use throwaway cups, plates and kitchen utensils like forks and spoons, but it creates more waste in the landfill.  Try to use dishes and utensils that can be washed and used again.  You and your family may also use paper towels or paper napkins when you could be using cloth towels or napkins that can be put in the laundry to be washed and reused the next time you need them.  Make an effort to use things that can be reused instead of throwing them in the trash.  Take a look around your house and see what things you can do to help out.