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Discovery Education offers free digital learning tool about recycling

This screenshot depicts the Life of a Can website, created by Discovery Education to teach about aluminum recycling.

This screenshot depicts the Life of a Can website, created by Discovery Education to teach about aluminum recycling.

Discovery Education, a subsidiary of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications LLC, has launched a free teaching tool about aluminum recycling for K-12 classrooms.

Called “Life of a Can – A Never Ending Story,” the multi-year effort is designed to teach the importance of aluminum recycling and encourage students to care for the environment. The program offers standards-aligned digital learning tools for classrooms and families that explore the lifecycle of a recycled aluminum can.

The program explains the way science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used in the recycling process, said Lori McFarling, senior vice president of Discovery Education, in a statement announcing the launch.

Life of a Can also teaches about the $1.5 billion total value of aluminum sent to landfills every year and the end-to-end recycling timeline for a can.


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