- Did You Know? Recycled Paper Fun facts
- Paper A
Other educational resources and activities for students in kindergarten through high school include:
It's Easy to Recycle With CVWMA
Journey Through the MRF, A Video Field Trip Inside A Recycling Facility
Recycle Aluminum & Steel Cans
Recycle Glass Bottles & Jars
Recycle Cardboard and Mixed Paper
Recycle Plastic Bottles and Jars
Items Not Accepted for Recycling
- Plastic Bags. Please recycle at local retail stores.
How to Recycle with CVWMA
Closing The Loop on Recycling
- The Case of the Broken Loop: EPA Educational Activity
Recycling & Your Watershed
- Who Polluted the River and “Living in Your Watershed? The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District provided these resources. Please click link for more information on scheduling their educator for programs.
- Teacher Tools- Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Do You Know Your Watershed Address?
Journey Through the Landfill with Virginia Trekkers
A Landfill is No Dump!
Landfills are the most common forms of waste disposal and are an important component of an integrated waste management system. A landfill is a large area of land that is specifically designed and built to receive municipal solid waste. “Where does your trash go?” Find out, if you don’t know by visiting your local landfill or view online a “virtual tour” of the Henrico County Springfield Road Landfill Podcast #42 by the Virginia Trekkers. What would your family do if your trash was not picked up every week? What would happen to your garbage (and the garbage of everyone else in your area) if the landfill closed? What happens to a landfill when it is full? What does it mean to recycle and why it is important to keep recycables out of landfills? How long does it take for different items to decompose?Download now!
Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures
Everything you would ever want to know about solid waste from the US EPA.Download now!
Educational Materials on Solid Waste
The EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery provides educational material’s for promoting an increased knowledge of solid waste issues, with emphais on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling for K-12 students. It also informs teachers about student award programs and grants, as well as references, tools, and data students can use in environmental research projects and reports.
Trash, Trash and More Trash- An Overview
In this lesson students will investigate a bag of trash to find out how much of the contents of the bag actually needs to go to the landfill. Students will create two class posters that show which items are recycable and which ones are not. They will complete a math activity to determine how many bags of trash their families generate.Download now!
A Trashy Timeline: Where Does our Garbage Go?
We all make way too much garbage. According to the US EPA Americans generate about 4.5 pounds of garbage (trash) everyday. Landfills keep filling up and people/local governments keep looking for more places to dispose of all of that garbage.Download now!
The Virginia Trekkers are Henrico County (VA) Public Schools technology educators that “trek” across Virginia creating hands-on learning and “virtual field trips” for students (and adults) on a variety of subjects. Their website offers a plethora of subject materials complete with video and online lessons.
CVWMA was most fortunate to partner with the “Trekkers” on two videos.
Podcast #17 is a partnership with TFC Recycling and CVWMA lets you see firsthand how items collected at the curb or a CVWMA drop-off collection site are taken to a local “MRF” (Materials Recovery Facility) to be sorted and processed so that new materials can be made from recycables.
Podcast # 42 and its companion Journey Through a Landfill activity guide is a partnership with CVWMA, Henrico County Department of Public Utilities/Division of Solid Waste and Recycling, and Keep Henrico Beautiful. The Virginia Trekkers will show viewers what happens to your trash after you throw it in the garbage can/cart. See where all it goes!
Students can see where their garbage goes as well as what items could be recycled. No one really knows if glass takes a million years to decompose. It is an educated guess. By doing this exercise with relative decompostion times, students will create a visual representation of the time it takes for various waste items left in a landfill to breakdown or decompose. It will get them to start thinking about all of their “stuff”. Discover how trash is turned into electricity and learn what you can do to reduce the amount of garbage/trash you send to the landfill. It’s an exciting place with lots to explore! Don’t miss the Trekkers interactive “Building a Landfill” activity as well as the phethora of educational links provided at the top header of the Podcast.
- One of the Virginia Trekkers (Frank) has a podcast/video on Watersheds, click here to view.
The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8
This resource provides downloadable hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reusing waste.
Educator’s Guide to Planning a Field Day Event
An innovative, easy and fun way to incorporate environmental learning, creative thinking and physical education in an SOL-based one-day event. We also have 30 Buddy Style stations that is easy to incorporate.
Buy, Use, Toss- A Closer Look at the Things We Buy Education Curriculum
9-12th grades (free download)
Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments
Curbside Value Partership
Teacher resource page offers curriculum, games and child friendly website for teaching the importance of recycling to our future recyclers.Visit Site
Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) Educational Curriculum
You must register in order to download the curriculum. Great free educational video: What’s One Can?
ABCs of EE for grades 4-6
Talkin’ Trash with ABCs for grades 6-9
Cans: Infinitely Recycable for High School students
NASA’s Climate Kids: Recycle This!
If you throw a plastic bottle in the trash today, the bottle will sit in a landfill- or worse, float in the ocean-for thousands of years. Use the “Airburst” tool to guide the recyclables into the proper bins before they fall into the trash created by NASA’s Climate Kids. Click here to play game.Visit Site
Preschool Recycling Activity
Keep Henrico Beautiful (KHB) created this easy recycling lesson that is perfect for preschool and kindergarden age children. For instructions and patterns, click hereVisit Site
Tissue Company Offers FREE Lessons for Teachers
Marcel Manufacturing LLC, which makes 100% recycled tissue products, is offering free lesson plans to help teach students about waste, recycling, climate change and deforestation.
Access more than 350 pages of educational materials. Teachers will find lesson plans and activities on ecology, recycling, and global warming as well as ideas for celebrating earth Day.
Students Guide to Composting
Composting in the Classroom: Scientific Inquiry for High School Students, by Nancy Trautmann and Marianne Krasny, is a comprehensive guide for teachers interested in guiding composting research projects by high school students.Visit Site
PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste
The module uses hands-on experiences to show the interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues.Visit Site
Living in Your Watershed
Learn about the watershed that you live in and how simple actions that you can easily do to to take care of it.Visit Site
Air & Waste Management
Download free lesson plans from the Air & Waste Management Association. Topics include air pollution, water pollution and landfills.Visit Site