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Best Recycling Books to Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Recycling books.

1. A History of World Societies, Volume 1: To 1600 (2011)

Best Recycling Books to ReadA History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it.  Now published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and informed by the latest scholarship, the book has been thoroughly revised with students in mind to meet the needs of the evolving course.  Proven to work in the classroom, the book’s regional and comparative approach helps students understand the connections of global history while providing a manageable organization.  With more global connections and comparisons,…
Author(s): John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, et al.

2. Why Should I Recycle? (Why Should I? Books) (2005)

Best Recycling Books to ReadWhat if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling. Part of every child�s development involves asking questions. Today, some of the most important questions kids ask are related to the natural environment. The enlightening and entertaining four-book Why Should I? series demonstrates the importance of protecting…
Author(s): Jen Green, Mike Gordon

3. Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (2015)

Best Recycling Books to ReadWhen you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter–veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner–travels deep into a vast, often hidden, five-hundred-billion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail…
Author(s): Adam Minter

4. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (2019)

Best Recycling Books to ReadMinimalism meets DIY in an accessible guide to household waste reductionWe all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her trash from the past two years into a 16-ounce mason jar. How? She starts by saying “no” to straws and grocery bags, and “yes” to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers.In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even…
Author(s): Kathryn Kellogg

5. An Introduction to Literature (16th Edition) (2010)

Best Recycling Books to ReadA market leader for more than 30 years, Barnet's Introduction to Literature continues to uphold the traditions that have made it a success— a rich blend of both classic and contemporary selections as well as Barnet’s signature “how-to” instruction on the elements of literature and the writing process. The new edition features a wealth of contemporary stories and a new chapter on graphic novels that were chosen for their student appeal.  New selections include 18 stories, 24 poems, a one-act play, Samuel…
Author(s): Sylvan Barnet, William E. Burto, et al.

6. Understanding Plastics Recycling: Economic, Ecological, and Technical Aspects of Plastic Waste Handling (2017)

Best Recycling Books to ReadThis book shows the true and often-underestimated market potential of plastics recycling, with analysis from economic, ecological, and technical perspectives. It is aimed at both technical and non-technical readers, including decision makers in material suppliers, plastic product manufacturers, governmental agencies, educators, and anyone with a general interest in plastics recycling. An overview of waste handling systems with a focus on the U.S. market is provided. Different methods of waste handling are compared from both economic and ecological perspectives. Because plastic waste…
Author(s): Natalie Rudolph

7. Recycling (MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) (2019)

Best Recycling Books to ReadIs there a point to recycling? Is recycling even good for the environment? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Finn Arne Jørgensen answers (drumroll, please): it depends. From a technical point of view, recycling is a series of processes―collecting, sorting, processing, manufacturing. Recycling also has a cultural component; at its core, recycling is about transformation and value, turning material waste into something useful―plastic bags into patio furniture, plastic bottles into T-shirts. Jørgensen offers an accessible and engaging overview of recycling as an activity and as a process at the intersection of…
Author(s): Finn Arne Jørgensen

8. Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids (1996)

Best Recycling Books to ReadThis lively and informative book explains the process of recycling from start to finish. Recycle! focuses on five different types of rubbish: paper, glass, aluminium cans, plastic and polystyrene. This behind-the-scenes look at recycling offers fascinating facts and helpful tips for cleaning up our environment.All the answers about what happens to the trash we produce can be found in this informative nonfiction picture book by Gail Gibbons. #242,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #334 in Children’s Environment & Ecology Books (Books) #538 in Children’s Environment Books (Books) #58 in Children’s Recycling &…
Author(s): Gail Gibbons

9. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) (2009)

Best Recycling Books to ReadLearn about recycling from a new perspective!  Peek into this diary of a plastic bottle as it goes on a journey from the refinery plant, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into it’s new life…as a fleece jacket! Told from the point of view of a free-spirited plastic bottle, kids can share in the daily experiences and inner thoughts of the bottle through his personal journal. The diary entries will be fun and humorous yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make…
Author(s): Alison Inches, Pete Whitehead

10. The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) (2009)

Best Recycling Books to ReadPeek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a display on a bookshelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life…as a baseball bat! This 8×8 paperback storybook is told from the point of view of an enthusiastic aluminum can. The diary entries are fun and humorous, yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make it. #212,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #681 in Children’s Interactive Adventures…
Author(s): Alison Inches, Mark Chambers

11. The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books) (2007)

Best Recycling Books to ReadAttractive color illustrations and easy-to-follow text combine to present factual information that younger boys and girls will readily absorb and understand. The Three R�s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children. It describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of the book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail. #277,772 in Books (See Top 100…
Author(s): Nuria Roca, Rosa M. Curto

12. Not for me, please!: I choose to act green (2018)

Best Recycling Books to ReadJoin Luke on his journey to protect what he loves with this engaging children’s picture book about sustainability and acting green. After noticing the damage caused to the environment and animals due to trash and waste, Luke decides to take action. He believes he can have a big impact on the world around him and invites his readers to join him! Using his phrase, ‘Not for me, please!’ Luke role models how children can harness their inner super-hero and help protect the environment. He introduces the concept of Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse through…
Author(s): Maria Godsey, Christoph J Kellner

13. Garbage and Recycling: Environmental Facts and Experiments (Young Discoverers) (2002)

Best Recycling Books to ReadExplaining the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage, Young Discoverers: Garbage and Recycling by Rosie Harlow and Sally Morgan shows how glass, metal, and wool can be easily recycled. How Can I Help? boxes give suggestions for the young environmentalist who wants to recycle at home. #1,311,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1259 in Children’s Environment & Ecology Books (Books) #2101 in Children’s Environment Books (Books) #225 in Children’s Recycling & Green Living Books Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Rosie Harlow, Sally Morgan

14. Waste (2019)

Best Recycling Books to ReadWaste is one of the planet’s last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this “new” resource still poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In this unique book, Kate O’Neill traces the emergence of the global political economy of wastes over the past two decades. She explains how the emergence of…
Author(s): Kate O’Neill

15. Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime (National Geographic Kids) (2011)

Best Recycling Books to ReadWhat is your human footprint? Well, it’s 13,056 pints of milk, 28,433 showers, 12,888 oranges, 14,518 candy bars, and $52,972 worth of clothes, all in one lifetime. Makes you want to step more lightly on the planet! Perfectly timed for Earth Day, this book doesn’t preach or judge, but simply shows kids—in an exciting, visual way—how humans interact with the environment and how we can lessen our impact. Astonishing photography captures the full picture of consumption, documenting all the diapers you wore as a baby, the bread you’ll eat in a lifetime, and the cans you’ll recycle, based on national…
Author(s): Ellen Kirk

Best Recycling Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some recycling books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

E-waste Recycling and Management: Present Scenarios and Environmental Issues

Author(s): Anish Khan, Inamuddin, Abdullah M. Asiri
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407552

Phosphorus Recovery and Recycling

Author(s): Hisao Ohtake, Satoshi Tsuneda
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2254362

Recycling and Reuse Approaches for Better Sustainability

Author(s): Nilgün Balkaya
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2296746

Advances in Biological Treatment of Industrial Waste Water and their Recycling for a Sustainable Future

Author(s): Ram Lakhan Singh, Rajat Pratap Singh
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313689

Water Conservation, Recycling and Reuse: Issues and Challenges

Author(s): Rajeev Pratap Singh, Alan S. Kolok, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2321747

Salt Systems of the Earth: Distribution, Tectonic and Kinematic History, Salt-Naphthids Interrelations, Discharge Foci, Recycling

Author(s): Galina Belenitskaya
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2019, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2351406

Waste Water Recycling and Management: 7th IconSWM ̶̶ ISWMAW 2017, Volume 3

Author(s): Sadhan Kumar Ghosh
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355528

Waste Valorisation and Recycling: 7th IconSWM—ISWMAW 2017, Volume 2

Author(s): Sadhan Kumar Ghosh
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 21 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355543

Concrete Recycling: Research and Practice

Author(s): François de Larrard; Horacio Colina
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2019, Size: 101 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2396487

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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