Otfinoski, Steven. Recycling and Upcycling. Scholastic/Childrens Press 2016 64p $30.00 ISBN 978-0-531-23002-2 Series: Calling All Innovators ms/jr Nonfiction VG-BNS
This introduction to the topic of recycling is very optimistic, which is good since it is intended to encourage young people to enter a career connected to the environment and recycling. There is some mention of reusing, as in the discussion of bottle returns, as well, but most of the book is about recycling and the ways it is done, plus a little bit of history. Some of the pages include a timeline for specific things, like highlights in the history of recycling technology, which enhances the sense of progress that the author is trying to convey. In addition, there are interviews with people involved in the field, which are very interesting, and demonstrate that a love for the environment can lead to action and a viable career. The author stays away from depressing topics, like the ways in which many electronics are recycled by poor people in third-world countries, but this is a good thing, as he is trying to recruit young people to the field, not depress them.
Illustrations are appropriate and attractive full-color photos. There are career statistics for the careers of environmental scientist, environmental engineering technician, and MRF (materials recovery facility) handler. In addition, there is a glossary, a list of resources for further information, and an index.
Summary: This introduction to the topic of recycling is very optimistic, which is good since it is intended to encourage young people to enter a career connected to the environment and recycling.
Recycling careers, Environmental careers --Carol Kennedy