Whether we're wishcyclers, tree huggers, or reluctant trash sorters...we all need the information in this book. In Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling (April 13, 2021), author Jennie Romer and illustrator Christie Young have created probably the most readable guide on recycling and what should actually go in that yellow recycling container. Milk jugs? Yep. Yogurt cups? Nope. Shampoo bottles? Yep. Juice pouches? Nope. But it's not just a red-light/green-light list. Romer, who is Legal Associate for the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, provides history, science, and real-world data to inform, and Young provides fresh, whimsical, watercolor-y illustrations that pull the reader through the book. It's a truly enjoyable read, and one I will reference frequently when I don't want to be a wishcycler (someone who puts items in a recycling bin instead of the trash even if they're not sure whether they are recyclable or not).
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Romer and Young find the perfect balance of hard information and engaging (fun!) illustrations. Even the graphs are illustrations! It's like hiding kale in brownies.
WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR:
Anyone who wants to be smart about recycling. Heck, even people who don't want to be smart about it—it may still change habits.
MY BIG TAKEAWAY:
Stop wishcycling! Seriously, the fact we get to single-stream recycle in the U.S. makes our recycling efforts highly inefficient.
MY ACTION STEP:
Create a cheat sheet of the common things in our house that we can and can't recycle and educate the family so our curbside contribution is as free of unusable items as possible.
*Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Books for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.