» Recycling (Waste, etc.)

TED-Ed: What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce

We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world. Read More

Illinois Commodity/Waste Generation and Characterization Study

This study was conducted to find ways to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting in Illinois. The report contains data on the composition of residential and commercial waste from around the state and makes recommendations for future consideration. Read More

Recycling

Information on a combination of solutions for managing waste with details on the recycling steps, collection and processing, manufacturing, and purchasing of recycled products. Read More

The Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste: The Cat’s Out of the Bag!

This is a seven-part Web site on waste management that outlines many practical steps to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage. Read More

Adventures of the Garbage Gremlin

This is an online, 16-page, comic-strip story of the Garbage Gremlin and his efforts to stop a school from creating a recycling program. Also available in downloadable comic-book format, http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/kids/gremlin/gremlin.pdf Read More

eCycling

Basic information on the reducing and recycling of electronics, including locations of regional and state recycling programs. Read More

Planet Protectors Club for Kids

Activities to teach kids in grades K-6 about recycling and waste reduction. Read More

Teaching Resources – Waste and Recycling

The EPA’s extensive waste and recycling resources for K-12 teachers. Read More

Assessing Outcomes of a Recycling Education and Service Program within an Elementary School

Library Holdings. During the spring 2004 a pilot school recycling program was implemented within Robert E. Lee Elementary. The primary goal of the program was to determine how recycling education in the school would affect curbside recycling rates within the surrounding community. The program was a cooperative effort between the University of North Texas, City of Denton Solid Waste Department and Keep Denton Beautiful. Throughout the first months of the study during the spring 2004, an increase in curbside recycling within the Robert E. Lee Elementary attendance zone was observed, with a dramatic decrease in participation over the summer and a rapid increase once again during the second full semester of the study. In a survey conducted with 3rd and 5th grade students at the pilot project school, most students expressed positive attitudes about recycling. Students whose survey responses indicated a high level of knowledge about what could be recycled were 37% more likely to claim to recycle regularly, than those students that scored low on the knowledge portion of the survey. Although the total amount of waste generation (recyclable and non-recyclable) at Robert E. Lee Elementary did not decrease during the study, the campus was able to divert recyclable material from their trash at a much higher rate than two other local elementary campuses with paper-only recycling and no associated recycling education program. Based upon the success of the recycling program at Robert E. Lee Elementary, the City of Denton Recycling Division has agreed to move forward with offering recycling to more schools within the Denton Independent School District during the 2005-2006 school year. Read More

RecycleMania

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more. Read More

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