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Wastes—Educational Materials

Students (Grades 6–8)

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Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Protect the Environment by Reducing Waste

You probably throw away trash every day. With over 314 million people in the United States, that adds up to a lot of garbage!

When trash, also known as solid waste, is taken to landfills, it sits for many years—and we are quickly running out of places to put it all. That's why it is important for all of us to think of creative ways at home and at school to produce less waste. The less garbage we produce, the less garbage ends up in landfills. And that means our planet stays cleaner and healthier.

Check out the resources below for things you can do to make a difference, just by creating less trash in your daily activities:

"Make a Difference" Campaign
Learn how you can make a difference! The choices you make each and every day can reduce waste in your home, school, and community.

Project Ideas & Activities
Discover project ideas, activities, and games to learn about solid waste, as well as tips to reduce waste.

Join the Planet Protectors

EPA's Student Page

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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