Mushrooms growing on a stump

Many of us don't realize that while we are stomping, separating, and bundling our recyclables, other creatures are also busy recycling. Lichens, mushrooms, sow bugs, earthworms, and beetles spend their whole lives recycling for nature. Nature's recyclers are responsible for turning dead plants and animals back into usable nutrients for new plants and animals. Likewise, humans are responsible for turning garbage back into reusable materials.

Cycle your way through our quiz to test your knowledge of nature's recyclers.