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Recycling Lesson Plans/Recycling Thematic Units/Recycling Activities

Waste- Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go? (Grades K-12)
The students will identify the various waste materials generated in the school. They will describe the sequence of collection and the destination of the materials identified.

Litter Detectives
(Grades K-12)
The students will develop a positive attitude against littering. Students will develop solutions to help reduce littering.

Classroom Paper Recycling
(Grades 6-12)
The students will identify recycling as an alternative to disposal of paper. A method for determining the cost-effectiveness of a recycling program will be described.

Recycling Survey
(Grades K-12)
The student will become familiar with popular attitudes toward recycling and the practice of recycling in the community.

Disposal and Recycling Costs
(Grades 6-12)
The students will gain an awareness of the costs of waste disposal. The students will demonstrate that disposal costs may be offset by recycling a portion of municipal waste.

Composting Project
(Grades 6-12)
Creating a compost pile as a classroom project will demonstrate to students that natural materials can be recycled.

Motor Oil Recycling
(Grades 4-12)
The student will gain an awareness that used motor oil is a resource to be recycled rather than discarded. The student will be able to identify locations where used motor oil may be recycled.

Unwrapping Packaging
(Grades 4-12)
The students will be able to examine product packaging to determine whether packaging is excessive and whether it is recyclable. The students will be able to identify waste reduction techniques.

After playing the Recycle card game three or more times, players will be able to name all the recyclable items used in the Recycle card game.

 Recycling Internet Resources

Recycler's World
A resource center for information relating to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials and collectible items.

America Recycles Day
Make the pledge to recycle and buy recycled products on November 15.

Earth Day Groceries Project
Students decorate paper grocery bags and return them to the store. The decorated bags are then distributed (filled with groceries) to shoppers on Earth Day.

Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
Goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life.

Quest of the Ring Leaders
Cyber-adventure providing environmental education on six-pack rings, closed-loop recycling, entanglement, marine debris, and photodegradability.

Recycle City
Fun, interactive way to learn about the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Recycling Ideas
List of ideas for reusing your garbage.

Roscoe's Recycle Room
Designed to teach kids about the importance of recycling and solid waste management.

 Recycling Printouts

Green Valley Coloring Pages
Five pages to print out and color dealing with recycling.

 Recycling Clip Art


 Recycling Crafts 

Recycle It!
Craft ideas for 10 different household products, many that you can recycle.

Recycled Crafts
Provides ideas for turning  items you would normally throw away into holiday crafts. Recycling Page
Craft ideas using everything from old film canisters to walnut shells.

Trash to Treasure
Another site from that collects links to many craft ideas for everyday household products.

Crafts from Recycled Products
From find neat crafts for empty jars, a photo frame from a CD, and more.