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Recreation Recycles Archive

 Compost in your Backyard - Learn the basics of composting in your backyard.  Its a great project to do with kids or just do on your own!  Composting reduces waste, is good for the environment, saves money. and helps plants grow!  

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Make your own Tote Bag out of a T Shirt without Sewing!

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RE-Fill It Up!  Learn how to use the new Zero Waste Refill Store in Middletown.  Recreation Recycles: Welcome to the Refill Store! - YouTube


Sustainable Holiday Wraps.  Did you know Americans generate almost 25% more waste during the holiday season?  

One way to control that waste is to give gifts with less (or no) packaging and creatively package those gifts with reusable wraps and without wrapping paper. This video will give you some great ideas on how to easily, and simply, get this done or check out this informational flyer chock full of ideas!

December 2021

 Upcycled Pill Bottle Snowman - Create an adorable snowman out of a reused pill bottle. Watch the video or read the instructions here. 

Jan Recreation Recylces

Recycled Bird Feeders - Learn how to make a few different simple bird feeders made out of recycled materials and get a few extra recycling tips in the process! Watch the video or read the instructions with additional links. 
Feb Recreation Recylces
Insulated Cooler Bag Crafts - Learn what you should do with insulated single-use packaging (recycle or trash?) and then get some ideas to turn your single-use cooler bag into a fun crafty project!  Presentation available here.
March Recreation Recycles
Safer and Healthier Cleaning-  Traditional cleaners can be dangerous to your health, animals and the environment.  Learn about the signal words and get some DIY recipes for a safer All Purpose Cleaner, Surface Scrub and Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  Watch the video or see the information sheet. 
April Recreation Recycles

 Paper Bag Tiaras and Crowns - Enjoy making a colorful tiara or crown out of a used paper bag. This recycled craft is ideal for preschools and elementary age children. Some adult preparation and supervision is required.  Watch the video or follow the instructions here. 

May Recreation Recycles

 DIY Natural Bug Repellent -   Learn how to make a natural, non toxic bug repellent.  Also get other ideas on how to keep the bugs away.  Watch the video or find the instructions here.

July Recreation Recycles

Coffee Bag Beads - Learn how to make beads out of coffee bags! Are coffee bags recyclable? Find out from our instruction sheet(PDF) or watch the video! 

Aug Recreation Recycles

Fall Puzzle Tree Craft - Recycling craft for preschoolers using puzzle pieces and paper bags.  Instruction Sheet available here (PDF) or watch the video!  

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Pumpkins!  Pumpkins are a resource!  Don't throw them away.  Get some tips and ideas on how to use and dispose your pumpkin in an environmentally friendly way and learn about why that is important.  Video is here.   And check out the great ideas listed on the Middletown Recreation's website.  

Recreation Recycles Pumpkins ThumbnailHappy America Recycles Day!   Learn how to make your own Beeswax Wraps with this instructional video and written directions. (PDF)   Beeswax Wraps are a natural and healthy alternative to using plastic wrap to store food.  These can be purchased locally or made at home!  Make It At Home Kits are available at the Middletown Recreation Department while supplies last (they are going fast!).  

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