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 & conservation. It also raises broader community awareness about the importance of waste reduction & recycling since students bring the lessons learned home to their parents & siblings.  Students also carry these habits to their adult lives.  In addition, a successful recycling program can result in cost savings for the school or district & can be a point of pride for students, teachers, & parents!

Please email schools@swaco.org with questions.

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

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

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

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Download & use the Four R’s to educate students about the importance of Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing and 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 this activity with students in 1st & 2nd grades.

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

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