* Also U.N. Sustainable Development Goals #6: Clean Water & Sanitation, #10: Reduced Inequalities, #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and #12: Responsible Consumption and Production Read More

Days to Celebrate in November:

15th: America Recycles Day

Guides and Curricula

Plastic Pollution Coalition –  Resources for grades K-12

The Green Team Curricula & Activities

The Quest for Less – This guide provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing waste. Its multidisciplinary focus includes math, science, art, social studies, language arts, and health.

Closing the Loop – A 50-lesson, integrated waste management curriculum targeting K-6 students.

Doing the 4Rs – A Classroom Activity Guide to Teach Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot includes 24 California standard-based lessons and five thematic units developed for educators teaching fourth and fifth grades.

Do the Rot Thing: A Teacher’s Guide to Compost ActivitiesThis activity booklet, originally produced by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (CA), includes classroom activities and student project ideas.

Recycle Rosie: Understanding the Waste Cycle – The Recycle Rosie Curriculum is designed for fourth through sixth grade students. Filled with fun and interesting activities for students and easy-to-follow lesson plans for teachers, it teaches students to be better environmental citizens.

Make a Difference Campaign for Middle School StudentsEPA’s “Make a Difference” campaign is aimed at educating and engaging you in resource conservation and environmental protection.

UN Circular Economy and the 2030 Agenda focuses on harnessing circular economy principles and systems-based approaches to explore ways in which we can redesign our systems, products and services to allow us to achieve sustainable living for all, within planetary limits.

Terracycle What can we do with all this stuff?– In this lesson, students consider the idea of “zero waste” and their part in making this a reality.


iRecycle – iRecycle is the premiere application for finding local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.

PaperKarma – Take control of your unwanted paper mail and help save the Earth!


“STRAWS” Documentary

The Recycling Process

You Tube’s “The Good Stuff” on Recycling

How is a car recycled?

The Recycling Process

How Trash is Recycled

Recycling Myths

Useful Links

“I Want To Be..” See how garbage gets another life

Recycle Smart MA 

What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 

Where Did the Trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Come From? How Do We Stop It? 

Earth 911 Recycling Guide – Recycling is important, but it can be complicated. What can’t go in your curbside bin? How many times can something be recycled? What about really large or dangerous items? We’ve rounded up answers to all these questions and more.

Keep America Beautiful – Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our powerful network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

The Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste – This PDF describes how people can solve a growing problem…garbage!

EPA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources.

Planet Protectors Club – As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash.

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