DEEP: Environmental Curriculum - Recycling

Environmental Curriculum Topics:
Recycling & Composting

The DEEP Recycling Program offers resources to teachers and students who wish to learn about and/or implement recycling programs at home or at school. If you have further questions, please contact the CT DEEP Recycling Program at (860) 424-3366.

Recycling at School 
The DEEP provides important resources for implementing school recycling programs, including:

Lesson Plans and Activities for the Classroom
School Composting Manual (for K-12)
A manual outlining the steps necessary for establishing and maintaining a successful school-wide composting program for cafeteria food scraps.

School Recycling Fact Sheets
A 60-page guide on implementing a school recycling program. (PDF, 4400K)

School Recycling Reminder
List of items that are mandated to be recycled, including at all private and public schools.

Tips on Waste Reduction and Reuse in Schools
Includes a list of special school projects that incorporate reducing waste.

Designing for Recycling in Schools
A fact sheet for architects and engineers.

Recycling at Home
This page has a great deal of good information for educators as it contains links to information about litter, the CT bottle bill, CT Recycles Day, History of Recycling and comprehensive information about home recycling that will be of great interest to your students.

Linking Recycling and Composting to the School Curriculum:
State of Connecticut Science Curriculum Framework

Studying composting is an excellent activity when investigating soils, which is a suggested 2nd grade topic in the State Science Framework.  The topic of conserving and reusing earth's natural resources has been identified in the State Science Framework as a suggested 3rd grade topic. For more information, read the full version of the science curriculum framework.

Grade 2 - Relate the properties of different soils to their capacity to retain water and support the growth of certain plants.

Grade 3 - Describe how earth materials can be conserved by reducing the quantities used, and by reusing and recycling materials rather than discarding them.

Content Last Updated January, 2013