Recycling & Composting Assistance for Schools
- The Green Team
An interactive educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and pollution prevention. Participating classes receive certificates of recognition and are eligible to win awards.
- MassDEP School Green Team Brochure file size 4MB
- Manual for Implementing School Recycling Programs
- MassDEP Green Team YouTube Video: How to Compost at School
Helpful video providing showing how to launch a school composting program.
- School Composting: The Next Step in Recycling (Connecticut)
- Solid Waste Management Resource Guide for Massachusetts Schools file size 1MB
- Town of Framingham School Organics Diversion & Reusable Tray Program Case Study
Curriculum & Activities
- The Burning Question
Classroom resources for kids in grades K-6: combustion as a waste management method.
- Giving Trees a Second Chance
Kids in grades K-6 will understand how both trees and recycled paper can be used to manufacture paper and other products.
- If Toys Could Talk
Kids in grade K-6 will understand how the products we use today differ from those used by our parents and grandparents.
- Join the Recycling Team
Kids in grades K-6 will understand that recycling is a team effort in which everyone can participate.
- Nature at Work
Kids in grades K-6 will learn about recycling organic wastes through composting.
- Then & Now
Kids in grades K-6 will understand that changes in the composition of the waste stream depend on our habits and lifestyles
- Trash to Treasure
Kids in grades K-6 will realize they can reduce the trash load by redefining waste as a potential resource.
- Understanding Packaging Over Time
Classroom resources for kids in grades K-6: the drawbacks of disposable products and packaging.
- Wise Use of Paper
Kids in grades K-6 will recognize how much paper is wasted and how it accumulates over time.
- Back to Basics
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: Recycling packaging materials.
- Decades of Disposal: The Great Debate
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: Classroom resources: Trash disposal methods over the centuries.
- Graphing Prices for Recyclables
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: recyclables prices.
- Packaging Design Fair
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: packaging design.
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: art reflects the values of society.
- The Smart Shopper
Activity sheets for kids in grades 7-12: smart shopping.
- Trash Through the Ages
Classroom resources for kids grades 7-12:
- TV Techniques: Advertising for the Environment
Resources for kids in grades 7-12: advertising for the environment.
- US EPA Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit