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     The following materials are available at the Mariposa County Landfill, Compost Facility & Recycling Center for checkout by Mariposa County residents, organizations and teachers. To request materials, send an email with your name and phone number to . Materials must be picked up at and returned to the facility.



  1. Recycle Rex (VHS) Disney Educational Productions, 1993, 10 min., animated, Pre-K to Gr. 4 To prevent their soccer field from becoming a garbage dump, Recycle Rex and his dinosaur friends work to reduce their waste by recycling and reusing their toys, clothes and household goods.
  2. Paper (DVD) GPN Educational Media, 1997, 30 min, close-captioned, Pre-K to Gr. 4   Designed to support national education standards and present a hands- on approach to science. Topics include how paper is made from both raw and recycled materials, as well as instructions for making homemade paper.  
  3. Litterbug  (Carlos Caterpillar series) (DVD), 2006, 25 min., Eng./Span. subtitles, animated, Pre-K to Gr. 3. Carlos, a curious caterpillar, and his friend Antonio sneak off when it is time to clean up their school grounds, only to learn that it is being bombarded by large falling objects. The theme is caring for the environment.
  4. 3-2-1 Contact: The Rotten Truth (VHS) Children’s Television Network, 1990, 28 min.

   Gr. 2 to 6. Kids take a trip to the "Museum of Modern Garbage" and a landfill for "The 
   Rotten Truth" about garbage after it is thrown away.

  1. Respect Yo’ Mama: Here Comes the Recycle Man (DVD) Larry Lee, 35 min., Gr. 2 and up. Introduces viewers to some of the folks who are helping make our world safer and cleaner, and suggests creative ways everyone can join in and help make the planet a better place. Eclectic, upbeat soundtrack.     
  2. Bill Nye the Science Guy: Garbage (DVD) Disney Educational Production, 1995/2004, 26 min., Eng./Span. subtitles, close-captioned,  Gr. 3 to 6. Bill Nye presents information about nonbiodegradable waste and landfills in a lively, entertaining manner through comedy, music, interviews with scientists and hands-on experiments. Teacher support and bonus materials included.
  3. Science in Action: Pollution (DVD) , 1996, 18 min., Gr. 3 to 7. Explains how air, water and noise pollution are created, their impact on the environment and methods used to reduce, control and recycle waste. Teachers’ guide included.
  4.  Bill Nye the Science Guy: Pollution Solutions (DVD) Disney Educational Production, 1996/2004, 26 min., Eng/Span. subtitles, close- captioned Gr. 4 to 8. Bill demonstrates how important it is for all humans to prepare for the future by recycling, researching, and developing innovative solutions to combat the worldwide problem of pollution. Correlated to National Science Education Standards, includes exclusive interviews with Way Cool Scientists and a printable educator's guide complete with assessment tool.
  5. Wormania (DVD) Flowerfield Enterprises, 2009, 27 min., age 8 and up. Features close-up scenes of live earthworms in their natural habitat. Mary Appelhof , also known as Worm Woman, visits Billy B and his family, where they discuss the basics of worm composting. Topics include worms' role in soil ecology, and worm bin set up
  6. Ecology: Giving Back the Land  (DVD) “Show Me Science” series, 2007,  15 min., Gr. 4 to 9. Shows how manufacturing and building industries have affected the production of mineral  resources in the U.S. over the past 200 years. Topics include damage done to land, bioremediation efforts and what is being done to prevent further harm. Teacher’s guide available online. 
  7. Plastics: Problems and Solutions (DVD) “Show Me Science” series,  2007,  14 min.,Gr. 4 to 10. Discusses the everyday use of plastic and the problem of plastic waste. Looks at recycling as a solution. Teachers’guide included.



  1. Human Footprint (DVD) National Geographic, 2008, 90 min. A playful, surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth illustrating what constitutes an average human life today and how every action has an impact on the world around us. The film shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you’ll consume and how much you’ve got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on Earth.
  2. Trashed (DVD) CustomFlix, 2007. A provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America--garbage. Examines the effects almost ½ billion tons of waste per year has on already strained natural resources? Why is so much produced? Who is affected most? Who wants America to make more? Who are the people working to effect change?
  3. Point of Return (DVD) Northern California Recycling Association , 2004, 17 min. Illustrates what happens to recyclables after they leave the curb and explores  sustainable choices with regard to local, regional and international consequences. Includes recycling mattress materials and concrete from demolished buildings. Using Oakland, CA and the Pacific Rim as a case study, Point of Return looks at economic policy and land use planning. 
  4. For the Price of a Cup of Coffee (DVD) Wayward Sparrow Productions, 2007, 15 min. Examines the life cycle of a paper cup and the repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Why are less than 1% of coffee shop patrons bringing their own cup? What is the true cost of a disposable culture? Shot throughout the Bay Area, including interviews with local activists, environmental experts and coffee shop owners.
  5. PET Recycling: The #1 Success Story (DVD) National Association for PET Container  Resources, 10 min. Explains how PET (#1 plastic) containers are recycled. Samples of recycled PET flakes, pellets, preforms and fiberfill included.
  6. The Bottom Line: Waste Reduction Case Studies and Strategies in California
    (VHS), Keep California Beautiful, 21 min.
     Looks at real-life efforts to reduce 
    waste, including: internal source reduction and recycling; changing office practices; 
    composting restaurant leftovers, developing an infrastructure to reduce, reuse and 
    recycle a specific materials; and large and small companies working together. Concludes with an 8-point plan for companies of all sizes who want to start a waste reduction program.




  1. The Adventures of an Aluminum Can.  Inches, Allison. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2009. 24 pp, color illustrations, includes glossary, paperback. Story of how an aluminum can is made from natural resources and recycled.
  2. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle.  Inches, Allison.  Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2009. 24 pp, color illustrations, includes glossary, paperback. Story of  how a plastic bottle is made from natural resources and recycled.
  3. Don’t Throw That Trash Away. Bergen, Lara. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2009,
    12 pp, easy reader board book.   
  4. Waste and Recycling. Hewitt, Sally.  Crabtree Publishing Co., New York, NY, 2009. 32 pp. includes glossary, index and additional resources, color photos and illustrations throughout. Discusses recycling/reusing paper and cardboard, organic waste, cooking oil, textiles, plastic, metal, glass, cell phones and big machines. Gives practical ideas for taking action and examples of steps kids around the world are taking to reduce waste.
  5. An Earthworm’s Life. Himmelman, John. Children’s Press, New York, NY, 2000. 30 pp., includes glossary. Picture book with simple text describing the life cycle and habits of earthworms.
  6. Wiggling Worms at Work. Pfeffer, Wendy. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2004. 32 pp., includes simple experiments, color illustrations. Simple text explains the life cycle of a worm.
  7. Composting: Nature’s Recyclers. Koontz, Robin. Picture Window Books, Minneapolis, MN, 2007. 24 pp., paperback, includes index,  glossary, additional resources, ideas for making compost. Simple text describes process of decomposition.
  8. Lowdown on Earthworms. Dixon, Norma. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Brighton, MA, 2005. 32 pp., paperback, includes index, glossary, additional resources, color photos and illustrations throughout. Lots of great information about earthworms including physiology, life cycle, habits, instructions for making a wormery to watch worms at work and for a simple worm compost bin.
  9. The Life Cycle of an Earthworm. Kalman, Bobbie. Crabtree Publishing CO., New York, NY, 2004.  32 pp., paperback, includes, index, glossary, additional resources, color photos and illustrations throughout. Discusses worm species, life cycle, habits. Excellent photos.



  1. Backyard Composting. Harmonious Press, Ojai, CA 1992. 94 pp. with list of resources and index. Basic information for creating a successful compost pile, including: suitable components, various types of bins, and maintenance. Touches on  permaculture, mulching and other related topics
  2. Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System. Appelhof, Mary. Flower Press, Kalamazoo, MI, 1997. 162 pp., paperback, includes 63-pg. bibliography, 24 annotated references, glossary and comprehensive index. Illustrated guide to successful vermicomposting (using redworms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich compost) includes instructions for setting up and maintaining small-scale worm bins, including species to use, worm reproduction, worm beddings, worm care, harvesting worms, and making potting soil from the resulting vermicompost.
  3. 1,000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew. Johnson, Garth. Quarry Books, Beverly, MA, 2009. 317 pp., paperback, includes directory of contributors. Color photos of  reused/recycled art.
  4. Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags. Blakeney, Faith &  Justina. Potter Craft, New York, NY, 2009, paperback, 112 pp., includes glossary of  techniques & recycler’s resources.  Illustrated instructions for making 24 bags &  carryalls from used materials.
  5. CraftCycle: 100+ Eco-friendly Projects and Ideas for Everyday Living. Boyd,Heidi.  North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH, 2009, paperback, 143 pp., includes resources &  techniques. Ideas for making practical items from used materials, plus some recipes and tips for green living.
  6. Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination. Edgar,  David & Robin. Lark Books, New York, NY,143 pp., paperback. Illustrated instructions for making ingenious and colorful sculptures, toys, jewelry, mobiles and more from plastic bottles.
  7. Kitchen Table Sustainablity: Practical Recipes for Community Engagement with  Sustainability. Sarkissian, Wendy et al., Earthscan, Sterling, VA, 361 pp., includes  bibliography. Down-to-Earth approach to promoting sustainability through EATING (Education, Action, Trust, Inclusion, Nourishment, Governance) by authors from  Australia, Canada and Sweden
  8. Closing the Loop Sampler (Curriculum Materials). California Integrated Waste Management  Board (Now CalRecycle). Sacramento, CA, 2000, 70 pp., paperback. Gr K-6. Lessons include Natural Resources; Making Recycled Paper; Basics of Vermicomposting; Away to the landfill; Packaging: What a Waste.
  9. Environmental Education: Compendium for Integrated Waste Management and 
    Used Oil.
    CA Dept. of Education & CA Integrated Waste Management Board (now CalRecycle), 2000, 224 pp, paperback. List of Environmental Curriculum materials available with sample lessons.
  10. Closing the Loop Sampler (Curriculum Materials), California Integrated Waste Management  Board (Now CalRecycle), Sacramento, CA, 2000, 70 pp., paperback. Gr K-6. Lessons include Natural Resources; Making Recycled Paper; Basics of Vermicomposting; Away to the landfill; Packaging: What a Waste.

Donated by Delaware North Corporation)

1.  Into the Forest: Nature’s Food Chain Game. Card game depicting where animals fit in the 

2.  Reptile Bingo.  Bingo game with reptile picture boards.

3.  Yosemite Bingo. Bingo game with Yosemite scene picture boards.

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