Penny’s Nest, A Recycling Story

Creating a Green Community Together


MEET PENNY! Penny is Penn Waste’s official mascot. Penny’s mission is to educate humans on the importance of recycling. Read her story below and learn how you can help Penny in her mission to save the planet.

Penny’s Story

Penny first realized that her world was being threatened by humans when her family was unexpectedly forced to move out of their nest due to the construction of a landfill. Knowing how hard her mother and father had worked to build their nest, Penny was determined to stop any further destruction.

Penny’s family created very little waste, constantly reusing everything they needed. Sticks, mulch, dirt, dead leaves, grass clippings, pebbles, shredded paper, feathers, animal fur, and pine needles were just some of the recyclables her parents and friends used over and over.
So why, then, did her nest become a victim of a landfill?

Penny soon realized that it takes ALL of us to keep our Earth green!

Penny’s mission is to help humans “get green” by educating them on the importance of recycling and leaving behind zero waste! Penny teaches us that we can all live in harmony as long as we respect the environment and all the creatures that live in it.

10Reasons to Recycle by Penny

  1. Recycling is Good for Our Economy

    American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

  2. Recycling Create Jobs

    Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.

  3. Recycling Reduces Waste in Landfills

    The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.

  4. Recycling is Good for the Environment

    Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

  5. Recycling Saves Energy

    Recycling saves energy compared manufacturing with virgin materials. Manufacturing using recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.

  6. Recycling Reduces Our Dependence on Oil

    Four percent of America’s annual oil consumption goes into the production of plastic and this amounts to about 219 million barrels of oil each year. The more plastic that is recycled, the less dependence on oil there will be.

  7. Recycling Prevents Global Warming

    In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gasses) into the air.

  8. Recycling Reduces Water Pollution

    Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.

  9. Recycling Protects Wildlife

    Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.

  10. Recycling Creates New Demand

    Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our environment.


Learn More About Penny’s Mission
To Create a Green Community Together

Would you like Penny to visit your school or community event?

Request a Visit.

Penny visits schools and events to teach children and adults all about recycling, will help get your community involved in ‘going green’ through recycling, and explains what can be recycled (and what can’t) in a highly interactive presentation available at no charge to eligible organizations.