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Wastes—Educational Materials

Students: Project Ideas and Activities

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These project ideas, activities, and games will help you learn more about solid waste and what you can do to make a difference.

Recycling at School

Creating Less Trash at School (PDF) (4 pp, 165K, about PDF) Exit EPA
From the classroom to the cafeteria, this flyer shows students how to reduce waste at school (created by the Minnesota Office of Pollution Control).

Kids Recycle! Exit EPA
Learn how to generate less waste at school and at home through recycling. Also provides new stories about kids and their recycling projects.

More Projects & Activities

Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste
Discover why trash is a problem, why recycling is useful, and what you can do!

Sort Mania
This game teaches you about recycling. Drag the recyclables off the conveyor belt and put them in the correct bins.

Recycle City
This interactive website allows you to explore how the residents of “Recycle City” reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste. Also check out the “Dumptown” game that allows you to help clean up a littered, polluted city.

Where You Live
Get specific environmental information about your neighborhood by entering your zipcode on this site.

Tips to reduce waste

Drag the recyclables off the conveyor belt and put them in the correct bins.
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Tips to reduce waste
  • Use products made with recycled materials
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and rechargeable batteries
  • Shop with cloth bags
  • Reuse plastic bags, cups, containers, etc.
  • Repair items instead of throwing them away.
  • Compost your food and yard waste.

Learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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