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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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Cycle of Plastics Recycling Quiz, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Glossary
Summary: Interactive, online games reinforce recycling and challenge the memory of lessons learned. These are good for elementary grades however some adults have spent too much time at the games.
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Glossary (Petcore)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: A glossary, both technical and nontechnical is provided.
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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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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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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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Plastic Lumber Ratings
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As wise consumers attempting to be environmentally friendly we are often caught wondering about certain products. Once again consumer advocacy groups come through with some resources to help with decision making. Criteria includes composition and recycled co...
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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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Recycle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: This colorful interactive web site looks at recycling, reuse, and rethinking for aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles. Music, interactive features and more will make this appeal to younger users (middle school).
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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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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will define the word recycle, learn to recognize the universal symbols for recycling and be aware that recycling an alternative to disposal. A Plastics Coding Chart is included.
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Recycle Symbols
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: A thorough listing of recycle symbols including plastic, glass, corrugated, paperboard, resin as well as background information and the evolution of the symbols.
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Recycle The Essential Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook - Recycled Products
Summary: Nonfiction Editors Duncan McCorquodale and cigalle Hanaor, Introuction byLucy Siegel ISBN 1 90477236 6 Recycle The Essential Guide provides simplified details (easy to use in the classroom) on recycling processes for a varie...
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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 Facts
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Quick numbers on general waste and recycling facts, material recycling rates and facts, and benefits associated with recycling.
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Rethinking Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Rethinking Recycling contains activities and lesson plans for students in grades K-5. The lessons can be used separately or as a unit. Many of the lessons satisfy Oregon's new Common Curriculum Goals and Benchmarks. Rethinking Recycling was first published in...
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Sort it Out!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This game requires Macromedia Flash Player. Jenny and her brother Jimmy are kids just like you -- they live in Lake County, Illinois and go to a school like yours. One morning they meet Garbob in their kitchen, and he shows them his great talent for making HUG...
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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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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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TerraCycle Inc Illinois Recycling Association Bottle Brigade
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Learn about the plastic bottle recycling efforts from Illinois Recycling Association. They have joined with TerraCycle to recycle plastic bottles. These are shipped (at no expense to the school)to TerraCycle who then reuses the bottles for vermicompost tea. Te...
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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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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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Who is Petcore
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Petcore, PET containers recycling Europe, is a non-profit European association fostering the use and development of PET containers and facilitating both PET recycling and the development of recycled end material.Petcore was set up in 1993 by resin producing co...
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Help Desk Questions

I've been asked to develop a fact sheet discussing the pros and cons of using polystyrene for things such as beverage or food containment. I'm looking for research based information on the environmental and economic aspects of polystyrene use.
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