Teacher Lesson Plans & Student Activities

Ongoing education & engagement is an important part of a successful school recycling program.  A school recycling program can be a wonderful hands-on lesson for teaching students about waste reduction and conservation. It also raises broader community awareness about the importance of waste reduction and recycling since students bring the lessons learned home to their parents & siblings.  Students also carry these habits on to their adult life.  In addition, a successful recycling program can result in cost savings for the school or district and can be a point of pride for students, teachers, and parents!  

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SWACO has created educational resources to help educate your students about why waste reduction, reuse, and recycling is important.  Please click on the below to get started!

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Download & use our quick reference guiding document for Teaching Students how to Recycle the correct way at school.  

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Download & have students complete this activity before, during or after the landfill field trip.  This activity may be used with elementary school students.

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Download & use activity with students in middle and high school.

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Download & use activity with students in 1st & 2nd grades.

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Download and use our Four R's lesson plan to educate students in grades 6-12 grade about Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing & Recycling.

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Download & have students complete this activity before, during or after the landfill field trip.  This activity may be used with middle & high school students.

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Download & use this activity with elementary & middle school students.

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Download & use activity with students in 1st & 2nd grades.

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Download & read through our Field Trip to SWACO informational document before scheduling your trip to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill.

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Download and have students complete activity at home.  This activity may be used with elementary, middle & high school students.

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Download & use this activity with elementary & middle school students.

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Download & use activity with students in 1st & 2nd grades.