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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Educators

The following are resources for students and educators on Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.

Recycle City

Explore Recycle City to learn how its residents reduce waste, use less energy, and even save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods. (All ages)

Planet Protectors Club

As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash. You will also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. (Kids, Grades K-5)

Teach English, Teach About the Environment

This English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum teaches English to adult students while introducing basic concepts about protecting our environment. (133 pp, 1.6MB, About PDF) (Adults, Educators)

Science Fair Fun

Learn how to do your own environmental science project about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. (24 pp, 947K, About PDF) Also available in Spanish (16 pp, 216K, About PDF). (Students, Grades 6-8)

Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community


This booklet, Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community, contains several service-learning projects that focus on various aspects of safe solid waste management, such as recycling, composting, and reducing household hazardous waste. (34 pp, 1.7 MB, About PDF). (Students, Educators).

The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8

This image is the cover of "The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8" document. A world map is the background; school students are in the foreground. The page colors are white, black and yellow

The Quest for Less: Activites and Resources for Teaching K-8 provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reusing waste. This large document includes factsheets, activities, and teaching notes for 6-8th grade teachers. (Educators, K-8).

Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools

Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools

By learning how to properly handle this waste, school officials an have a significant impact on the environment. To make waste reduction efforts and environmental protection feasible and practical for schools and school districts, EPA developed Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools, an easy-to-use guide to help schools and school districts implement new, or expand upon existing, waste reduction programs. (44pp, 721K, About PDF). (Educators).

Pack a Waste Free Lunch

Pack A Waste-Free Lunch

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