- Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools: EPA’s Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools helps your school and school district reduce the amount of waste you generate. You’ll learn how to start a waste reduction program or expand an existing one. The guide will show you how your program can benefit your school, your community, and the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling your waste.
- DEQ School Recycling Program Implementation Plan: Planning document for starting a recycling program at your school.
- How to Start A Recycling Program: Do you cringe whenever a classmate throws out a recyclable bottle, can, or paper? Help put a stop to this by starting a recycling program at your school. Visit this site to find out how.
- USE LESS STUFF Life Cycle Calculator for packaging: The CalcuLess Environmental Impact Analyzer provides a simplified analysis of many of the major aspects contributing to the environmental impact of packaging: greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and post-consumer solid waste.
- Cornell Waste Management Institute: Includes lots of free downloads including: “Composting in the Classroom” and “It’s Gotten Rotten”, a science of composing video.
Education / Curriculum
- EPA’s Basic Information about Waste: Grades 9-12
- EPA P2 (Pollution Prevention) Toolbox: Grades 6-8: The toolbox contains a series of four-page lesson plans on various pollution prevention concepts for schools.
- The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8. Use this resource to develop lesson plans and incorporate a range of activities into various subject areas throughout the school year.
- EPA Resources for Waste Education: These online activities make learning about recycling fun! Students will love the colorful graphics and educational activities (Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
- PBS Kids – Meet the Greens: Recycling Activity Guide and other resources such as episodes to view and more.
- Worm Composting -Everything you need to do worm composting in the classroom
- Videos of harvesting worms from a worm bin.