- American Forest and Paper Association
http://www.paperrecycles.org/recycling-resources/school-recycling Learn how to motivate kids to recycle, including a video on how to make your own paper as a classroom activity. Plenty of other activities are available in addition to lesson plans for teachers.
- Green Up Our Schools – Recycling Facts
- Kids Recycle
This site features lots of great links to information on becoming Zero Waste for both students and teachers. Download guides on recycling, reducing trash at school, and how to compost in the classroom.
- King County Kids’ Natural Resources Page
Learn where recycling goes after you put it in the bin, or find out how a landfill works. Great informational site on the waste process.
- Project Learning Tree
Gain access to various lesson plans on environmental topics such as Municipal Solid Waste, or apply for the GreenWorks grant to further your school’s green efforts.
- Recycle City (EPA)
Check out the EPA’s interactive Recycle City (formerly Dump Town) where teachers and students can learn about recycling and waste reduction. Kids can play computer games and teachers can read through ideas on how to incorporate them into the classroom.
- Composting with Red Wiggler Worms
This has basic information on composting with worms, how to set up a compost bin, and links to companies that sell worms for composting.
- Cornell Composting
The best, most comprehensive teachers’ guide to composting on the web. Learn about indoor/outdoor composting, large/small scale composting, wooden bins vs. wire bins, etc. You’ll also find lesson plans and labs that explain the various invertebrate organisms involved in the composting process and great science fair project ideas.
- Green Up Our Schools – Composting Guide for Denver Schools
documents/Commercial Composting – DPS.pdf
A guide for Denver schools on how to start commercial composting services.
- School Composting – A guide for Connecticut schools
A comprehensive guide to school composting systems, complete with pictures and steyp-by-step instructions for constructing your own bins.
- The Adventures of Vermi the Worm
This guide provides teachers with information on how to start and maintain a successful classroom worm bin. Includes the basics of vermicomposting, worm bin building plans, troubleshooting and fundraising tips, classroom activities, and useful case studies of other successful vermicomposting programs.
- Worm Woman
From the author of the book “Worms Eat My Garbage,” order books, read articles, and watch videos about worm composting.
- 30-Minute Recycled-Paper Old-Underwear Notebook
Transform cardboard, scratch paper, and an old pair of clean underwear into a stylish fabric-covered notebook in less than 30 minutes.
- Kids Konserve
Kids Konserve aims to empower children and parents with information and a reusable product that will help educate about the importance of reuse and not filling up community landfills, via launching our school Awareness Program and Waste-Free Lunch Challenges.
- Landfill Science Project
In this science project, investigate several types of bags and try to determine which ones break down faster when dumped into a landfill. Once you know, you can become an environmental ranger and start encouraging everyone around you to use the most environmentally friendly bag.
- The Incredible, Edible Landfill
A landfill is carefully designed to protect groundwater and the environment. A liner system consisting of two feet of compacted clay goes on the bottom (graham cracker crust) and a synthetic geomembrane liner (fruit roll-up) is laid on the clay. Gravel (crushed graham crackers) with leachate collection lines (licorice) is then placed on the liner.
- Transform a Plastic Milk Jug into a Reusable Lunch Container
With just a few snips, you can create a set of cool, eco-friendly, reusable snack and sandwich containers from juice cartons and milk jugs. They’re food-safe, easy to rinse clean, and absolutely free, so it’s no biggie if they get tossed accidentally.
- Trash Matcher
This site lists different trash items and creative ways to make art out of them. Full materials lists and directions provided.
- Waste Free Lunch
Learn how to pack a waste-free lunch and read through success stories from schools who have tried it before you.