And I'm Possum.
Ooh, hello everyone.
Hey, have a look at all the green things we've got.
Can I eat them Sally?
They're no good.
They're the weeds we had to pull out of the ground.
The soil has things in it that help make the plants grow big and strong and if the weeds are growing next to the vegetables, then the weeds take all the good things out of the soil and stop the vegetables from growing big and strong.
Ohh, and that's why we have to pull the weeds out and that's why we put them all in here.
Oh, can I put all these in the rubbish bin?
That's why we have a brand-new compost bin.
Can I put them in?
Great and oh, that's great.
Now I'm going to put some dirt in.
Sally, how do weeds turn into compost?
Well, first you put all the ingredients in and then you add some dirt.
That helps break it down a little.
We could also add some grass clippings or the leaves that have fallen off the trees.
Does that mean the little bin in the kitchen with the food scraps in it, can that go in there?
Oh yes, it can.
Could you get it please?
Oh, there it is.
This is it.
Now that we've filled it up, we just need to put a little bit of water in there.
Not too much and then we can use the fork to get some air circulating.
Then lots of insects will start to eat the leaves and twigs and whatever else is in there and they'll break it down to become beautiful soil and that will help everything grow.
It really is amazing to think that weeds that are bad can compost into something that's reusable and that is called recycling.
So the bad weeds turn into something good.
Oh, that's great.
Oh well, we've done such a good job here.
I think it's time we have something to eat and drink.
Oh, it was delicious.
Sally, watch this.
Are you ready?
Oh, that was a great throw Possum.
You're so good.
Why did you throw it into that bin?
Well, I love throwing anything in the bin, regardless of its shape or size.
I'm such a pro.
Well, that's great, but did you know that metal cans can be recycled?
You should've thrown it into the other bin.
They can take metal away and melt it down into other things.
That's called recycling.
You know, if you cook too much food, you don't need to waste it, or if you're full and have some left on your plate, we don't throw that away either.
We could eat it the next day or add it to another meal.
We don't ever waste food.
Sally, I never waste food.
I make sure I eat it all up.
You're very helpful in making sure we don't waste any food, Possum!
Sally, do you often waste things?
I hate wasting things.
When I go to the shop, I like to buy fresh food.
I don't like buying things that are pre-packaged in paper or plastic.
That's right and I know in your craft box there's lots of stuff that we can reuse.
We've made lots of things out of the recycled bits and pieces.
Do you remember the egg carton that we had, we put those seeds in there and when they grew, they looked like a caterpillar!
Yes, that looked great.
Yeah, and we made that scrap collage.
Oh, that was beautiful, wasn't it Possum?
It's a lot of fun to do things like that.
To do that is to reuse.
That's like my cricket ball.
I always reuse my cricket ball.
I would never throw it away.
Yes, well, I am relieved to hear that because if you wanted to play cricket, that would mean I'd have to buy you a cricket ball every time.
I'd have to go back and forth to the shop every day, and that would be wasteful.
Oh, you are funny Possum but that's not the real meaning of reuse, though.
If we buy something and we've used it for a specific purpose, instead of throwing it into the bin, we can try and use it for something else.
For example, we might be able to use it as a container.
That's what I mean by reusing.
Oh, I see.
There are two different things.
There's recycling and there's reusing.
Ah, they're different.
I like to try to reduce the amount of things around the house that I use.
Another example is my car.
The shop is just around the corner so I don't drive there because that would be a waste of petrol.
I walk to the shop, and that way I don't have to keep putting petrol in my car.
When I go shopping for food, I take my own bags.
I don't want to use their plastic bags.
I don't want a big pile of them here and, Possum, remember that time you reduced the amount of things in your tree by taking some things out?
Yeah, but there's still lots of things in there at the moment Sally.
I tell you what, why don't we watch some children learning about recycling?
Yeah, let's watch.
That was great.
Yeah, they were great at recycling.
Oh, I've learned so much.
Sally, you and I are really good at reusing things, but I learned so much from those children.
Oh Possum, you look like you're thinking of something.
What is it?
Oh well, Sally, I was thinking there's lots of things in my tree.
I think I might divide them into things I can recycle and things that I can reuse.
Oh, I've had a thought Possum.
Why don't we sort through the rubbish too and we can work out what can be recycled, like this milk bottle.
Can you put that out there?
Ooh, ooh, and Sally…
Can you please make me some signs with the names of the things that I can recycle?
I'm going to need cardboard…
Mm-hm and metal.
I can make those for you.
I think I've got more in my tree.
This… oh, that can go there and there.
Mmm… oh, over here.
Would you like me to put these down?
Yeah, that one goes there.
Oh, no, in front.
Ok, and – oop – there.
Oh, and right there.
Ooh, move this over.
Right there Sally.
Great. Is that what you needed?
I'll go back inside now.
There's so many things here.
Did this all come out of your tree?
Yes, it did.
I've got more in there but I want to use those things for art and craft and other things.
Let me show you all the things that can be recycled.
Now, that's cardboard.
Right, and metal.
Well done Possum.
It's wonderful that you've sorted all of this out.
Why don't we watch some children telling us more about recycling?
It's good for the earth when there is no rubbish.
At home, I have a compost bin to put scraps in and help fertilise the garden and help it grow.
Not wasting things is very good for the planet.
I like to think of different ways I can reuse my rubbish.
My family at home sort our rubbish.
We put rubbish in the rubbish bin and other things like metal, steel, paper and plastic, we put into the recycling bin.
At home, we have a compost bin.
We tip it out onto the garden to help it grow.
I think recycling is very important because it saves the earth.
At my home, we use vegetable peelings and we put them in the garden to help the flowers grow and become beautiful.
Ohh, that was great!
Yes, those children were very knowledgeable about recycling, weren't they and today we've learned so much about what can be thrown into the rubbish and what can be recycled.
Look at what you've done here.
Yeah, and there's no need to waste anything.
We can always reuse things to keep the world healthy and clean for years to come.
We should always look at what we're throwing away and think if it can be reused or not.
It's a very good thing for us to do.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
I could keep this.
I could reuse it.
Possum loves to throw things but he must throw them in the right place. He learns more about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Where did all those things come from, Possum?