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42 Ways to Trim Your Holiday Wasteline
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Are you a waste-wise warrior or merely a waste-wise wannabe? Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra t...
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A Lot of Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - School Projects
Summary: Students will define and give examples of waste and identify the amounts of solid waste produced by individuals and groups. This activity conducts an audit of classroom waste and is an appropriate activity for grades 1-3.
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Are you Dreaming of the Perfect Holiday
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Some thoughts to consider over the holidays as we march through the frenzy of consumerism.
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Back to School
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students, parents, and teachers can all make a difference in reducing waste at school. By practicing the "3 Rs" of waste reduction—reduce, reuse, and recycle—you can all do your part with these tips from US EPA.
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Back to School Waste Prevention
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Start the school year off with less wasteful materials. Identify some ways to reuse from the previous year, to buy wisely and recycled, to manage batteries and reuse or recycle electronics and plan lunch for waste reduction. Some very good suggestions, combi...
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Basic Facts of Municipal Solid Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This provides a good resource for obtaining a large variety of facts and statistical information on solid waste. Values, trends, statistical data and glossary are accessible.
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Battery Lesson Plan
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Students will use their science, mathematics, history, economics, chemistry and language arts skills while participating in interactive experiments and activities. The activities demonstrate how batteries work and they explore different types of batteries, ex...
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Besmart
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: This waste reduction website from Wisconsin highlights events and efforts from their state and identifies national resources as well as creative events and programs that could be modified for local use.
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Buy Nothing Christmas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: This is a suggestions from neighbors in Canada and how to initiate a "buy nothing Christmas" They offer ready to print coupons for desserts, child care or back massages. Some interesting Christmas Carols can be found ie Consume WOnderland; Uh Oh We're in the...
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Buyer's Choice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in social science and math. Students will assess the factors that affect purchases and recognize that a number of economic factors affect consumer choices and that some factors are enviornmental in nature...
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California Integrated Waste Management for State Agencies
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: "The Board promotes a zero waste California in partnership with local government, industry, and the public. This means managing the estimated 76 million tons of waste generated each year by reducing waste whenever possible, promoting the management of all mate...
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Campus Zero Waste
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - School Projects - Web site
Summary: This is a resource dedicated to helping colleges and universities serve as effective role models and how they can reduce waste and conserve resources. Action guidelines are provided for recycling, reducing/reusing, composting and establishing zero waste campu...
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Case of the Broken Loop
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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Case of the Broken Loop (Spanish)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing. This 12 page...
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Christmas Tree and Holiday recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before recycling trees in your neighborhoods, be sure to check local requirements on what will be accepted and their programs operate. This provides suggestions on Recycling holiday trees (if you have to) in California.
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Clean Sweep U.S.A.
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional te...
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College Recycling LInks
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: Links about recycling and conserving for college students are offered.
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Composting in Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This site is provided by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and Cornell University. Cornell Composting privides scientific inquiry for high school students as well as instructions for observing compost invertegrates and microorganisms, ideas for student...
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Composting: Nature's Recycling Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: EDF provides directions on how to begin a waste prevention initiative at school as well as how to compost and what supplies are required. They offer a case study and a biblioresource.
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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart

ISBN 0865475873 April 22, 2002

These authors examine the way things are produced and recycled and how humans consume. They want to eliminate waste altogether yet preserve...

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Crafting Aluminum Art and Foiling Around
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Use aluminum cans to create aluminum wreaths and centerpieces. Free patterns are provided. A waste-free E-book is also sold and it appears to be chock full of creative projects including holiday crafts, baskets and boxes, wall hangings and more. Links to ot...
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Crayon Recycle Program
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: The Crayon Recycle Program offers an opportunity to "do your part for the Earth" as well as a community service. Crayon drives can be organized and recycled. This program takes rejected, broken crayons and recycles them into new beautiful Crazy Crayons.
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Creating Less Trash at School
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - List
Summary: Creative suggestions for creating less waste at school.
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Day the Trash Came Out to Play, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author,/b> David M. Beadle

ISBN 0972785507

Story and humor combine to teach about litter and community efforts. Lessons focus on rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. For a review see

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Deck the Halls with Less Waste this Year!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: As part of their ongoing efforts to cut trash in half, the California Integrated Waste Management Board would like to help you cut the amount of trash you put out at the curb during the upcoming holiday season. This site is a one-stop site for all the informat...
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Decorative Holiday Lights
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: C7, C9, Miniature and Icicle Lights are compared. Avoid feeling like Scrooge and explore the options for lighting and decorating. Let students do the math on the costs of lighting for their homes.
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Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention (Ohio)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - List - Research - Web site
Summary: This website identifies potential community grants, recycling efforts in Ohio,rates and local contacts, a variety of studies including a Waste Characterization Study, educational tools and more.
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Division of Waste Management (Kentucky)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A directory, education section, fact sheets, forms, news and events as well as links to other environmental resources and programs are offered. Programs include a hazardous waste program, enforcement, field operations, solid waste, superfund and more.
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Dumpster Diver, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Janet Wong, Illustrator David Roberts

ISBN 9780763623807

The topsy-turvy artwork keeps things light, but adults will find plenty to talk about with children, from the value of creative conservation to safe modeling of th...

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Educating children to be the Future responsible consumers
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: A collection of resources from Europe that emphasize back-to-school green campaigns, waste prevention in school curricula, and overviews of activities and logic supporting these activities.
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Environment, The, Saving the Planet
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorRosie Harlow and Sally Morgan.

ISBN0-7534-5426-2

AbstractFour sections, Energy and Power, Nature in Danger, Pollution and Waste, and Garbage and Recycling, are supported by brief introductions (2 pages each) to sp...

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Environmental Virtual Campus
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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E-Scrap Management Toolkit
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Through a series of stakeholder meetings, the IRC has created a toolkit to help Indiana's local governments, businesses, non-profits, recyclers, and residents understand how to manage e-scrap properly. The toolkit is available for downloading.
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Exploring the Environment Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsButzow, Carol M and John W. Butzow, illustrated by Rhett E.Kennedy

ISBN1-56308-650-6

Fifteen chapters provide suggestions for literature use for topics that include air pollution, solid waste and recycling, effectos o...

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Fast Facts about Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Great links and documents as well as facts in 20 different categories.
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Food Scrap Compost, Food Scrap Management
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: While some excess food can be donated much will end up in landfills that could be composted. This site provides guidance on establishing a kitchen compost for food scrap management in a school. See how they recommend working with your waste hauler and local...
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Games for Change (G4C)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Games for Change (G4C) provides support, visibility and shared resources to organizations and individuals using digital games for social change. Includes several online games related to ecosystems and the environment.
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Garbage
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Garbage is a video available from A&E, a production from the History Channel. "Time was, folks just dumped garbage wherever they wanted--buried it in their backyards or threw it in the ocean. In the age of recycling and dwindling resources, these low-tech dis...
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Garbage Day Video
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: "A father and son embark on a family adventure to find out where garbage goes. Your child will visit recycling centers and landfills and learn all about the grand and bedazzling machinery used to collect and process everyday trash. Garbage Day!, already a nati...
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Garbage Monster, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Fiction

Author, Joni Sensel

ISBN 09601195-2

Young Jo is asked to take out the garbage, but doesn't. "It can take itself out." But he soon comes face to face with a garbage monster in this cute, awareness raising book. Visit www.dreamf...

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Garbage Wars The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorPellow, David Naguib

ISBN0-262-66187-X

This is a study of clonflicts over solid waste and pollution in urban, generally communities of color and low-income populations. The author is a sociologist conduction research on...

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Get in the Zero Waste Holiday Spirit!
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: Garbage, is it what you really want for Christmas. Is zero waste possible?
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Go Back to School Green: Top Ten Waste Reduction and Recycling Tips
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: Students, parents and teachers can all make a difference in reducing waste at school. By practicing the "3 Rs" of waste reduction -- reduce, reuse, and recycle -- you can all do your part. This is a list of potential activities and suggestions for all.
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Go Green Initiative
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Founded in 2002, the Go Green Initiative unites parents, students, teachers and school administrators...
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Got Your Driver's License?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Now that you have your driver's license, you have a big responsibility--not only for safely operating your car, but also for protecting the environment. This brochure is developed for teens to help them understand the need to recycle their used motor oil.
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Great Green Gift Giving Guide, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Tips from environmental professionals for giving easy-on-the-planet presents that go way beyond the basics, ie send a kid to camp, adopt a manatee, or watch skunks by moonlight with a night spotting scope.
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Great Trash Bash, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author,Loreen Leedy

ISBN0823416348

The Great Trash Bash is a simple eco-mystery for younger children. The story is based upon something being wrong in the town of Beaston. A Major and his colleagues investigate possible so...

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Green Flag Program
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Checklist
Summary: The Green Flag Program is a project of the Child Proofing our Communities Campaign coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. They offer a start up kit to help school communities learn about the program and its materials describe how to fo...
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Green Halloween
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 2-page pdf provides suggestions for having an environmentally friendly Halloween.
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Green Squad, Kids taking action for greener, healthier schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: An interactive tool for students that helps them understand their school their health and the environment and aids them in discovering what they might be able to do to improve the school environment.Interactive tools allow them to explore various rooms but the...
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Greening Our Schools Earth Day Activities
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Holiday
Summary: Elementary Teachers can begin development of a year's worth of lessons that support the mission of Earth Day. Earth Day IS every day. This list of 20 will expand to include lessons appropriate for each topic and for elementary education.
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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 8-page booklet describes simple techniques for reducing the environmental impacts of landscaping on lawn and property by grasscycling, mulching, and composting. Properly managing yard waste not only enhances the environment, but saves money. These suggest...
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Have a Green Halloween Says Environmental Defense
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: Suggestions for environmental choices and solutions over Halloween.
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Have a Wonderful Waste Free Christmas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Suggestions are provided for How to have a waste-free Christmas. Simple suggestions are included for wrapping, entertaining, decorating and green gifts. They also offer a "Have a Wonderful Waste Free Christmas" teacher's package and brochure.
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Holiday Waste Reduction Tips
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - School Projects
Summary: Waste reduction suggestions for all major holidays can be found at this site. These include Halloween, fall holidays, New Years and more.
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How Come the Best Clues are Always in the Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction, 176 pages

Author, Linda Bailey

ISBN 1553375831

Gaudy throw-away plastic packages, environmental groups, over-packaging, fast food and a burglary combine in this mystery novel written for 9-12 year olds.

Books listed in Greeni...

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How much energy is consumed by outdoor display lighting.
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - School Projects
Summary: What are the costs for outdoor lighting? This could be combined with lessons on energy efficiency and math.
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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Imagination Factory, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - List - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: This site combines arts and crafts and environmental education (and a lot of recycling/reusing). Lessons and activities are offered, and a list of suggested art uses (for items commonly placed into the waste stream) is provided. Each of these links to a proj...
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It's Time to Open the Gifts!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before opening all those gaily wrapped packages, CIMB provides a few hints to get you through the mountains of ribbon, stuffing, and wrapping.
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Journey to Forever
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Journey to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small mobile NGO involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and travelling 40,000 km through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. Available in Spanish,...
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Just a Dream
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Chris Van Allsburg

ISBN 0395533082p>Young Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling, until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth. This classic ca...

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Laptop Lunches: Tools to Eat Smart
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Their mission is to provide suggestions for creating fun, practical food containers and user guides that promote better nutrition and waste reduction. Their website provides newsletters with valuable information, recipes, community projects (from around the c...
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Life Cycle of a Cell Phone, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: View the life cycle of a cell phone -- from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your phone an...
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Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff (The)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, classroom activities

AuthorsMike Reeske, Shirley Ireton

ISBN0873551877

Seven units allow teachers opportunities to creatively transform common items such as aphone, into a study of energy flow and scarce resources. Stude...

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Look at a Landfill
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students wil identify landfills as the most common method of disposing solid waste; describe the form and function of a sanitary landfill by observing a model; understand that waste does not "go away" or decompose when...
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Lunchroom Trash
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in social science, math and English. Students will take a first-hand look at excess packaging and determine ways to reduce waste.
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Make a Difference in Your School
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a 34-page PDF, a how-to guide for engaging students in resource conservation and waste reduction. This guide was developed to provide advice, ideas, and inspiration to teachers, school administrators and others for planning a hands-on environmental day...
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Make Your Holiday a Wild One!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Holiday - School Projects
Summary: Gife gifts that don't require wrapping, you don't have to drive to pick up, and that can benefit conservation efforts.
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Make Your Moms Proud
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: If you love your mothers and you love the planet, use this list of suggestions for some ideas.
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Make-Stuff
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Gift ideas, decorating suggestions, food and food gifts are some of the many suggestions found at this Website. Be aware that this site does have a lot of pop ups if that is a concern but the volume is worth that minor inconvenience.
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Making a Model Landfill
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will construct a model of a landfill and analyze the most effecti design, identify the way in which a landfill is different than a natural cycle, identify the pros and cons of landfill disposal and alternative forms of disposal and practice map readin...
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: To protect human health and preserve and restore land and water resources, MDE implements various programs ensuring the control and proper disposal of waste, managing lead paint compliance activities, assuring that oil is handled in an environmentally safe man...
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Mercury in Schools and Communities
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: NEWMOA provides a list of fact sheets, case studies, administrator and teacher information, list of mercury devices frequently found in science labs, and mercury-exchange suggestions.
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Milestones in Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: This site provides "a historical timeline of municipal solid waste management," starting with 500 B.C., when "the city of Athens organizes the first municipal dump in the Western world," through 2002. Most entries concern the United States. Includes links to r...
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Municipal Solid Waste Composting; Potential Effects of Heavy Metals in Municipal Solid Waste Composts on Plants and the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This is one of 7 fact sheets provided on MSW composting. While considerable attention has been paid to the land application of sewage sludges and composted sewage sludges in the U.S. during the last twenty years, land application of municipal solid waste (MSW)...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 1995-2000 Facts and Figures
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: These reports reports provide all of the publications 1995 through 2000 in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of muni...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This report is the latest publication in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2001. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of municipal solid...
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Nanotech Facts
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: The goals of Nanotechnology Initiative are to 1. Maintain a world-class research and development program aimed at realizing the full potential of nanotechnology; 2. Facilitate transfer of new technologies into products for economic growth, jobs, and other publ...
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NAPCOR
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: NAPCOR's mission is to facilitate PET plastic recycling and promote the usage of PET packaging. The number of new PET plastic containers on the market is increasing every year and so is the number of communities across America that are recycling PET bottles in...
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National Plastics Center
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: The National Plastics Center is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the past, addressing the present and promoting the future of plastics through public education and awareness. The educational staff has supported this mission throughout the years...
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Needs and Wants (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will recognize the impace of humans on natural systems; make predictions about the impace of certain behaviors and how personal or cultural perspectives affect these behaviors; assess factors that affect consum...
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Needs and Wants (Grades K-3)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in Social Science and English. Students will be able to discriminate between wants and needs, quantiy and quality, necessities and luxuries; evaluate their own motives for buying things; think about the l...
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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No-Waste Gift-Giving and Gift-Wrapping Ideas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: A few creative and easy-to-do ideas and suggestions are offered.
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No-waste Holiday
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: If you're reading this, the "holiday season" has begun. Time to share with family and friends often becomes lots of time shopping, parties and gatherings, food preparation—and stress. Are you feeling "holidazed"? Do you find yourself wondering how the season p...
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No-Waste Holiday Ideas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Holiday tree options, gift wrapping, giving, decorating, and entertaining green tips are provided. Some unusual suggestions are included in these lists that would be simple to implement this holiday season.
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Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (Indiana)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Browse by topics or search through specific categories incuding Indiana grants and awards, community efforts, recycling projects, and publications and forms. Links to the Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts Environmental Educators and a Kids page are pro...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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P2 Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - Holiday - School Projects - Web site
Summary: This site offers a few suggestions and several links, including a link to the St Judes Ranch Recycled Card Project. This could become a student-led school-wide project.
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Plastic Polymers
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will conduct a series of tests to determine the properties of different types of plastics, audit the plastic waste generated in their homes, understand the positive and negative impacts of using plastic, the ba...
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Plastics 101
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Use this portal to learn more about plastic, plastic recycling and disposal, recycled products and markets, and basics about plastics.
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Product Life Cycle Analysis
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Using a tennis shoe, students will have an opportunity to become aware that the products they buy have an impact on the environment beyond that of the disposal of the waste.
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Put Waste Reduction at the Top of Your Shopping List
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist
Summary: What a delightful phrase, "I think I'll buy some garbage today." The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance provides tips for reducing waste in school and at lunch.
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Quest for Less Glossary
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: This non-technical solid waste glossary is available as a 448 KB/10 page PDF.
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Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Download the complete document (10 MB) or individual chapters. The Quest for Less units include Product Life Cycles, Methods of Handling Waste, Putting it All Together and a glossary.
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Recycle A Handbook for Kids
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book.

AuthorsGibbons, Gail

ISBN031530943-5

Recycle explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminim cans and plastic when they are recycled in...

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Recycled Christmas Tree
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Instruction on how to make disposable and environmentally free ornaments are provided.
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Recycled Holiday Crafts, Watching Your Waste at the Holidays
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Crafts, crafts and more crafts abound along with explanations on recycling metal, plastic and glass. Some very different suggestions for projects include "Christmas Card Balls"
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Recycling and Measurement
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This offers links that allow access to a number of recycling measurement documents as well as worksheets, survey forms, conversion factors and more.
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Recycling by Composting
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Recycling Lesson Plans/Recycling Thematic Units/Recycling Activities
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Lessons, printouts, clip art, crafts, books, and internet resources are all recommended at this site. Activities range from K-12, they include science, math, social studies and reading. The site has a commercial source for publications as well as a providing...
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Recycling, A True Book
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book.

AuthorDonald, Rhonda Lucas

ISBN0-516-27356-6

Recycle explains the process of recycling, the three Rs (even though we now consider more), composting, discussion of what can and cannot be dumped, and...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Rejoice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: Is it possible to reduce waste during the "giving" season of the year? Tips and techniques for both celebrating and giving green during the November and December holiday season. These tips are complemented by additional links for those who want to know more.
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Research and Educational Laboratory Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet addresses waste reduction in research and educational laboratories. Included are examples of better operating/management practices and procedural or institutional policies that result in waste reduction. (PDF format; Length: 6 pages)
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Rethink the School Year
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Greening Schools offers suggestions to teachers who are interested in reducing waste at the start of the school year and continuing throughout the year. This is a list of recommended websites and several activities.
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Rethinking School Lunch
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: The RSL guide provides tools and creative solutions to the challenges of improving school lunch programs, student performance, and the well-being of our children. Drawing from first-hand experience, each of the 10 chapters highlights goals and challenges, show...
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Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction A Guide for Schools & Groups
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: "Organized groups have a tremendous opportunity to operate waste reduction programs. School-related groups might include science classes, environmental clubs and parent-teacher organizations. Other groups might include Girl and Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club...
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Saving Energy
Grade Level: Elementary
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on saving energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Saving the Earth's Resources: Hands-on Projects About
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsWest, Krista

ISBN0-8239-5847-7

Projects focus on conservation of natural resources and several are designed for independent work, some are for a child and adult, and some could be student-bas...

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School Waste Diversion Programs in Other States
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Summary: A variety of states around the country have implemented specific laws that facilitate the diversion of school waste from disposal through waste prevention, recycling, and composting. The California IWMB identifies most of these states, describes their programs...
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School Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - List - Web site
Summary: Overview and guidelines for reducing school waste, regardless of your responsibiity: school district administrator, recycling conscious teacher or students, or city/county recycling coordinator. These apply to California, but can be examples for other regions....
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Schools and Waste
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This two-page fact sheet offers suggestions for reducing waste in schools that includes the cafeteria.
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Science Fair Fun
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Science Fair Projects
Summary: This booklet is intended to provide students in gardes 6-8 with ideas and resrouces for developing environmental science fair projects, specifically in the areas of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials. Environmental terminology and topics in this...
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Setting up a School Recycling and Waste Reduction Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - List - School Projects - Web site
Summary: An outline for establishing a school recycling program at school provides steps, educating the students, conducting waste audits, developing compost and more. Use their side bar and explore the various suggestions and examples.
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So Many Cookies...So Much Packaging
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for K-3 to help children understand that when they buy something, they also buy the packaging. Packaging has many important purposes, such as safety, marketing, protecting and transporting the product. This lesson will allow comparision of the differe...
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Solid Waste Publications (US EPA) in Spanish
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - List - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Posters, documents, education resources on solid waste in English and Spanish.
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Space Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Asimov

ASIN 1555323707

A "futuristic book that examines potential causes, dangers and efforts to clean up space debris.

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SWANCC
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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Teaching Plastics in the Classroom
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: Teaching about plastics is an online scientific investigation resource for teachers, parents and students and it includes a site for elementary school teachers and a site for middle school teachers.
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The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, Annie Leonard

ISBN 978143912566-3 March 2010

Author Annie Leonard presents a startling clear message, that we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. She outlines five stages of our consumption-driven e...

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There is No Away (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for grades 4-5, this lesson will help students recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away"; identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school; identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash; learn the "solid...
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This Halloween, think green Ten tipcs for an earth-friendly holiday
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: Ten cute, timely environmentally friendly suggestions for reducing waste at halloween.
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Throwaway Three (skit)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This is a collection of plays that are often used for enriching pollution prevention and waste reduction lessons. Throwaway Three is a classic skit found in many locations but was originally developed by the Atlanta Clean City Commission.
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Tips for a Cleaner, Greener Holiday
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Celebrate a clean environment along with the holidays and manage your garbage and waste through careful selection of materials for gifts, entertaining and decorating.
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Too Much Trash
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Faye Robinson

ISBN 0516060422

This book explores landfills and waste management concerns.

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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Two sections accomodate the different interests and needs. One is for teachers and the other is for kids. National and international links allow students opportunities to see what is being done for kids and by kids at other schools and in other communities....
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Two sections accomodate the different interests and needs. One is for teachers and the other is for kids. National and international links allow students opportunities to see what is being done for kids and by kids at other schools and in other communities....
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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Waste While Back-to-School Shopping
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist
Summary: Teachers can reflect upon these suggestions when making up the list of materials students need for the upcoming school year.
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Tox Town
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Language Options - Web site
Summary: Tox Town is an interactive game that provides suggestions as to where toxic chemicals can be found in our daily lives, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, links and other resources. Tox Town uses color, graphics and creative ways in which middle school a...
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Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Holiday
Summary: Non-fiction

Author, Robinson, Jo and Jean C. Staeheli

ISBN 0688109616

The authors talk about techniques for celebrating Christmas without all of the stress. This book is in its 13th printing (as of November 2004).

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Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Robert Lilienfeld

AIN 449001687

The authors campaign to change consumer habits. Recycling is a good thing, but preventing the potential entry of products into the waste stream is far more desirable. Using less stuff...

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Vermicomposting
Grade Level: Elementary - High School
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Instruction on vermicomposting in the classroom, at home, and as an academic exercise are provided. Resources include fact sheets on the role of worms, worm and worm bin supply sources, classroom worm composting and an animated interactive game (The Adventure...
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Vermicomposting (Making Good use of Garbage!)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Vermicomposting fun facts, information, activities, music (including The Littlest Worm), and reasons to consider vermicomposting.
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Waste Disposal (Earth Watch)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Sally Morgan

ISBN 0531145573

Examines the different kinds of waste, from household trash to industrial waste, describing where it goes and how it affects the environment

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Waste Prevention in Gift Wrapping 10 Simple Ideas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Breaking the "gift-wrap" habit isn't easy, but it can be done with some of these suggestions.
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Waste Prevention Terms
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: Postconsumer Content, Postmanufacture Content, Precycling, etc. Perhaps some clarification might help. Non-technical definitions of common waste prevention terms are provided.
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Waste Reduction at School
Type: Case Study - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Young people are learning more and more about the importance of protecting our natural environment and resources. Many of them are working with teachers and administrative staff to implement environmental programs in their schools. In addition to the knowled...
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Waste Reduction Education
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: Simple reduction and reuse ideas pay off for schools and can actually provide economic incentives. This site includes a list of activities and success stories.
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Waste Statistics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Statistics are provided for Waste, Steel Cans, Yard Waste,HDPE Bottles and Containers, Corrugated Boxes, PET, Newspapers, and Aluminum.
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Waste-Free Christmas Green Holiday
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: This 42-page PDF provides conservation reasons behind some of the concerns and it offers suggestions for activities to replace traditional habits (entertaining,decorating (The Edible Tree), gift-giving, and wrapping.
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Waste-free Lunch Programs
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - School Projects - Workshops
Summary: This is a "how-to" site for developing a waste-free lunch program at a school. The program was created as a grassroots efforts by some concerned parents. Their waste-free lunch program started when a group of parents noticed how much trash the students were g...
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What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Lisa Harrow

ISBN 1-931498-66-0

What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living is a directory for the who's doing what in sustainability education and action around the country. This is a simple guide for learning what in...

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What Color Is Your Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson examines the principles of Green Chemistry through an activity on accessing commonly used and environmentally packaging.This activity can be used as a demonstration for middle school students or as a lab exercise for high school students. It can a...
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What is Trash
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In 1999, Oregon disposed of 2.8 million tons of garbage. (See “Where Is Away?” Background for more details about solid and hazardous waste disposal). The terms “waste” and “resource” are relative and reflect our own needs and values rather than any objectiv...
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What Kids Really Want that Money Can't Buy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Holiday - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-fiction

Author, Taylor, Betsy and Center for a New American Dream

ISBN 0446529648

This practical book explores children's needs and recommends ways to parent in commercial worlds. Appropriate chapters include More Fun and Less Stu...

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What's On Your Pizza? (The Garbage Pizza)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Check out the garbage pizza. This poster comes complete with lessons on the back. It is a downloadable PDF.
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Where Do Things Come From
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This is a second grade project that helps students learn about the sources of products such as glass, aluminum, steel cans, paper, plastic and more and helps students learn how these materials can be recycled.
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Where Does the Garbage Go?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsShowers, Paul (illustrated by Randy Chewning)

ISBN006445114-3 (pbk)

Where Does the Garbage Go explains how people create too much waste and how some waste is now recycled and not always put into landfills.

T...

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Where is Away?
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away", identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school, identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash, and learn the "so...
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Where the Garbage Goes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Where the Garbage Goes is a video that allows the reader to "jump into the driver's seat of the haulers, grinders, dozers, loaders and compactors used at a state-of-the-art waste handling facility. Kids and grown-ups alike will become excited about recycling w...
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Where the Sidewalk Ends
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Shel Silverstein

ISBN 0060256672

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout will not take the gargage out is only one of many excellent poems that can be used to teach many topics including waste management.One example, Where is Away, ca...

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Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope provides a captivating look at rarely seen (close-up) organisms of the compost and worm bins. The video is 31 minutes and cost is $25 (July 2004).
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Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers (The)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: 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...
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Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction (Lesson, Text)

Author Mary Appelhof

ISBN 0942256107

This has been long considered the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff). Authors Mary Appelhof. Topics include how to set up bins, what kinds of wo...

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Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

Authors Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris

ISBN 0-942256-05-0This classroom activity book complements "Worms Eat My Garbage" (the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff).

Books lis...

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Youth Education List of Resources
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case, the topic is Youth Education. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (if the...
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Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES)
Grade Level: High School
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: YES! is a non-profit organization that connects, inspires and empowers young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life for all. Founded in 1990 by 16-year-old Ocean Robbins and 19-year-old Ryan Eliason, at a time when Nancy...
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