This game introduces young learners to the concept of proper waste segregation. Pick up as many recyclable items as you can while avoiding the non-recyclable contaminators.
Avoid missing any of the recyclables.
Watch out for non-recyclable garbage.
Collect as many recyclables as you can.
Play Sort The Trash Game Online
Children and parents can play this recycling game by clicking in the window below.
Alternatively kids and adults can play this trash sorting video game for free as a web application here.
Sort The Trash Game for Kids Video Game Play Instructions
How to Play
Pick up all the falling recyclable trash. Avoid the non-recyclable trash.
Starting the Game
On the welcome screen, select Play to begin.
Select Instructions to open the game’s tutorial slideshow.
Select the enlarge button on the top left corner to switch between windowed and full screen modes.
Select the speaker button on the top right corner to turn the game’s audio on or off.
With your mouse, left click and drag to move the recycling bin.
With your fingers, tap and swipe to move the recycling bin.
Controls and indicators
The game’s controls and indicators are located on the top row. From left to right, they are as follows:
Basic rules and scoring
Collect as many recyclable items you collect. These include the following:
Plastic drink bottles
Metal food cans
Avoid picking up contaminators. These are items that cannot be recycled:
You receive a small note each time you collect a non-recyclable item.
Earn a point for every recyclable you collect.
Keep playing for as long as you can.
You start the game with 3 lives, represented by white cross marks on the top center of the screen.
You lose lives with the following conditions:
You miss 3 recyclable items.
You collect 1 non-recyclable item.
Lose all your lives and it’s game over
The game is suited for players who like environmentally focused games.
The game has no adult themed content.
Much Ado About Recycling
Recycling centers rely on complex sorting machines to segregate the recyclable items effectively. Not every bit of garbage can be recycled this way, however. For these items, it’s usually better to dispose of them by other means.
Many kinds of plastics cannot be recycled (not in the usual way, anyway). Most of the time they end up clogging the sorting machines. These should be disposed of properly elsewhere.
The apple core, paper cup, and banana peel are instead biodegradable. These should be allowed to decompose and turn into fertilizer. You can place biodegradable waste in their own containers or place them in a compost heap.
Batteries and other items contain toxic chemicals. They should be disposed of properly to minimize the pollution they might cause.
Specific kinds of dishware such as ceramics cannot be recycled, either. This page outlines a few ways you can properly dispose of them.
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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support
This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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