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Waste Reduction and Recycling:

Let's Go Green Shopping (PDF)

Learn how you can conserve resources, save energy, and prevent waste when "buying green".

Got Your Driver's License? You Can Make a Difference (PDF) (2pp, 825.0k, about PDF)

Provides information about recycling used motor oil for teenagers.

Planet Protectors Club

As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash. Planet Protectors also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

EPA Teen Site

Make A Difference Campaign for Middle School Students

This campaign helps you make informed decisions for protecting the environment in your day-to-day life. The following resources will inspire you to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste -- to "make a difference" at home, at school, and in your community.

Pack a Waste-Free lunch

Learn how to be waste-free! EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch poster to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches.

Community Service and Volunteering:

Environmental Protection Begins with You: A Guide to Environmental Community Service

Serves as a follow-on resource to Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service (below)-providing examples of volunteer projects for recycling, reuse, compost, and household hazardous waste.

Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service (PDF) (24pp, 573.0k, about PDF)

Offers suggestions and examples of volunteer opportunities and projects related to material and waste management.

Setting up Programs:


It's Easy Being Green: A Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events

Provides an outline for planning environmentally aware events such as meetings, workshops, festivals, picnics, and sporting events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, and step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.

Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction: A Guide for Schools and Groups (32pp, 1.1MB, about PDF)

Educate your school and group about setting up a waste reduction program.

Food recovery-

Don't Throw Away That Food: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction

Provides case studies from several communities for recovery of food discards.

Waste Not, Want Not: Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Solid Waste Through Food Recovery (PDF) (59pp, 1.5MB, about PDF)

Explains how any state, municipality, or private business that deals with food, can reduce its solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food according to the food hierarchy. Also lists ways you can join the growing food recovery movement, and provides a framework to help you protect the environment while making a difference in the daily lives and futures of hungry families across our nation.

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