Recycling Resources

As parents and teachers, we have a responsibility to instill the culture of recycling into the lives of our children and pupils. This may not be so easy because younger children may not have a full understanding of serious issues like global warming, greenhouse effects, deforestation, and the environment. We can always look for recycling lesson plans and activities to make it more interesting to our children or pupils, especially the younger one. Here are some recycling resources to help you along.


Children love to play games like treasure hunt so they will enjoy playing a Recycling Guide Wordsearch that you create for them. In this game, the children will be challenged to find all of the words which are hidden in a grid of letters and all the words are related to recycling. Some of the words which could be considered for the Recycling Guide Wordsearch are “COMPOST,” “RECYCLE,” “REUSE,” “CONSERVE,” “MOBIUS LOOP,” and “RAINFOREST” among others. When children find these words, they will be more interested in the recycling process.

Household Recycling Guide

A "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse" poster will look very nice in the home or classroom. Put it in a prominent place (like over the garbage can and recycling bins) where everyone can easily take a look at the three key factors when they are wondering about how to recycle certain products. To make your own poster, draw three columns and write common items that fall into the Recycle, Reduce or Reuse categories.

In the Recycle column, list recyclable materials such as plastic, glass bottles, paper and cardboard, textiles, wood, and metal. These materials are to be recycled at the local recycling bank.

In the Reduce column, consider having students list tips on how to reduce waste. For instance, encourage others to purchase only what is required and purchase products with minimal packaging, purchase reusable products like rechargeable batteries, and avoid disposable items. Also, lead by example by writing or printing on both sides of the paper to reduce paper waste. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, either donate them or see if they can be reused or repurposed.

In the Reuse column, see if students can brainstorm a list of reusable items and tips on how to reuse them. Grocery bags can be reused as garbage bin bags or you can carry them to reuse them in stores. To reuse an envelope, simply paste a sticker over the address. Jars and pots can be cleaned as used as containers to store various things. Bubble wrap and newspaper can be used as packing materials or wall coverings. Instead of throwing away twist ties, reuse them to secure charging wires/cables or even loose pencils in students' schoolbags.

Other than these recycling resources, there are many more on the Internet and children will definitely enjoy the fun activities, games, and lessons. When children become interested in recycling at a young age, they will practice it as they grow older.