Don’t Mix It! gives your children a hands on approach to sorting at a materials recycling facility, also known as an MRF. Here are some great recycling facts with you to talk about with your little ones. Let’s reduce, reuse, and recycle together.


  1. Did you know that each day in the US more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away? Most end up in landfills or incinerators, and millions litter America’s streets, parks and waterways (Source: Container Recycling Institute).
  2. Do your kids know what happens to your family’s recyclables after they leave the curb? Check out the sorting process to help your little ones better understand recycling.
  3. The Resin Identification Code, also known as the RIC, are comprised of the numbers 1 through 7 and is stamped on recyclable plastic in a triangle. The most widely accepted plastics for recycling are numbers 1, 2 and 5 (Source: rlmrecycling)dontmixit_infograph_draft5
  4. Who doesn’t love a DIY project? Here are a few to try with your little ones! Start collecting those empty bottles and let’s make something great, like a colorful mosaic from plastic bottle caps.
  5. Did you know that every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet? Crazy huh, especially since an aluminum can that is thrown away will still be an aluminum can in 500 years (Source: Recycle Across America).Jet Airplane, Low angle View
  6. In the United States, paper comes from three primary sources- Recycled Paper, Whole Trees and Other Plants, and Wood Chips and Scraps from Sawmills (Source: Environmental Protection Agency)dontmixit_piechart
  7. We use 69 tons of paper each year including more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines and 24 billion newspapers. Each ton of paper recycled can save 17 trees; recycling could save up to 483 trees a year (Source: Enviromental Protection Agency)forestchildren
  8. Recycling cardboard saves 390 kWh of energy, 46 gallons of oil and 6.6 million Btu’s of energy (Source: Waste Management).
  9. The good news about glass is… it’s the ultimate recyclable! It can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out (source: Recycle Across America).childwaterglass

Reduce, reuse and recycle in Don’t Mix It! It’s sorting time at the recycling center and each player has their own sorting board to separate the glass, metal, paper and plastic. Place your tiles so the bin walls connect with only one type of recyclable inside. If the recyclables mix, you won’t earn points. So don’t mix it! Shop Now.Don't Mix it