Grade School Recycling Resources
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble"
~ Helen Keller
All schools in Connecticut are required by state law to recycle ten mandated items. If your school isn't recycling, use these resources to develop, improve and publicize your program and to comply with the law.
Below you will find comprehensive guides to starting a school recycling program, expanding your current school recycling operations, and going beyond the 3 Rís at your school or across your school district to provide a safe and healthy environment for students. Teachers should also visit DEEP's Education webpage, the Recycling webpage, and the Connecticut Recycles Day webpage for more ideas and to learn more about DEEP's many offerings. If you have further questions, please contact the Connecticut DEEP Recycling Program at (860) 424-3366.
Lesson Plans and Activity Guides for the Classroom
Recycling, Composting, and Waste Reduction
Connecticut School Recycling Fact Sheets - A 60-page guide for recycling in schools (CT DEEP)
CT Recycling Program Resources - Fact sheets, children/teacher materials, videos for loan and purchase, traveling displays (CT DEEP)
Pollution Prevention Educational Resources - Displays, newsletter, fact sheets, case studies (CT DEEP)
Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Garbage Museums - In Stratford and Hartford
A-Way With Waste Curriculum - See the Solid Waste Management section. Has recycling/waste reduction classroom activities. Teacherís activities are cross-referenced by discipline. Grades K-6 or 7-12. (Washington State Department of Ecology)
Recycling Lesson Plans - (PA DEP)
Recycling Begins With You! - Recycling Lesson Plans (Scholastic)
Teaching Plastics - (American Chemistry Council)
Creative Cardboard - Environmentally Friendly Creative Art Projects for Kids (Creative Displays Now!)
Waste and Recycling Curriculum and Activities - (MA DEP)
Teaching Resources: Waste and Recycling Activities - Lesson Plans Related to Waste and Recycling (US EPA)
Teaching Resources: Conservation - Lesson Plans Related to Conservation (US EPA)
Vermicomposting Classroom Activities - (California Integrated Waste Management Board)
Education Publications (K-12) - (California Integrated Waste Management Board)
Kellogg Environmental Center - (CT DEEP)
Teaching Center - (US EPA)
Green Education Network - A Connecticut-based website for K-16 educators, students and parents
Paper Recycling Lessons & Activities - (paperrecycles.org)
The Quest for Less - A Teacher's Guide to Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6. (US EPA)
Climate Change and Waste
CT Climate Change Education Resources - Resources for Students and Educators
Project Food, Land, and People - Includes lesson plans on recycling and composting
Recycle-Bowl - An annual recycling competition for K-12 schools. (Keep America Beautiful)
Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the content on this web site to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The DEEP is not recommending these resources over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.
Page Last Updated September 12, 2012