Solar Oven S’mores Project

DIRECTIONS:  Make a Solar Oven: Wrap the inside of the box, including the sides, in aluminum foil. Wrap the larger cardboard piece in aluminum foil. Place the ingredients for the s’mores in the box: Break a graham cracker in half, placing one half of the cracker on the bottom of the box. Place a marshmallow[…]

Recycling and Reusing Plastic

Plastic is everywhere. It is the cup that you drink out of, the straw in your drink and the chair that you sit on. Plastic can be very useful and important, and it comes in many forms. Some of these forms are used often and for many years, while others are used only once and[…]

Learn What’s Recyclable

Know What You Can Recycle Paper and cardboard are examples of materials that are always recyclable, as long as they aren’t soiled with food. If they are soiled you should place them in a compost bin. Learn The Recycling Symbol This symbol means that a material is recyclable. This symbol is often found on the[…]

How Much Waste Do You Make at Home?

The average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste daily, including recyclable and compostable material. Waste comes from uneaten food, packaging, broken materials and more. So, how much waste do you produce? Setting the Stage: Give each member of your household a trash bag for their trash. You can place the bags in individual trash cans[…]

How Much Food Do You Waste?

Measure Your Food Waste: Activity Directions Week 1 Place an empty black bag in your designated food waste receptacle and place it on your scale. Record the weight. Let everyone in your house know to dump any unused food in this trash can for the next week. You don’t have to include unusable parts of[…]

Gardening with Students

Directions for Making Recycled Planters Make sure the tin cans have the top lid fully removed and are empty, washed, and dried. If there are remaining metal fragments where the lid used to be, use the metal file to file it down for safety. Use the nails and hammer to make drainage holes in the[…]

“Texas is Too Good to Waste”

Follow along with Lil’ Tex and Ann, the Watt Watchers, as they track down the Wasters Gang! See how the Watt Watchers follow the Wasters’ trail of wasted energy and water to their secret hideout. Then for grades K–2, complete the activities at the end of the book. When your students go on patrol, they[…]

Campus Beautification Project

Determine which area of your campus needs the most help or is most visible to your student body or pick an area in town that needs a little extra touch. Then start asking your group what kind of beautification project they would like to do. There are many options; for example, your organization could do[…]

Recycled Art Contest

Your recycling project may need a little boost and doing a recycled art contest is a great way to get people pumped up about recycling. One way to do this simple project is to have grade levels compete against each other. You might want to select the recycled material—for instance everyone must use recycled cans[…]

Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day is April 22 and is a good time to host a celebration. Check to see if your community does anything for Earth Day. If they do, ask if they would like any volunteers to help plan the day or just be there to help where needed. If your community does not do anything,[…]