Watt Watchers of Texas: Texas is Too Good To Waste™
Activity Overview: Most items made of plastic are marked for recycling with a number 1 to 7. These numbers indicate what kind of plastic makes up the item. In this activity, students will use their knowledge of the numbers to categorize different plastics. You can also pair this activity with Hunt for Recycling and explain […]
Hunt for Recycling
Activity Overview: One of the ways to reduce overall landfill waste, is to remove materials from the waste stream by recycling. Knowing what to recycle is the first step to more sustainable consumption. Time: 30 mins to 1 hour OR send the activity home overnight and discuss the next day Find Recyclable Materials You could […]
Investigating Recycling Signs
Gary Anderson created a recycling symbol in 1970, and though the design evolved in the first few years, the following image is now known as the universal recycling symbol.¹ The symbol is recognized filled in (as above), outlined, colored, in and out of a circle, and with a simple of complex bend. All variations represent […]
Grocery stores don’t think the ugly produce sells, so they don’t buy it, meaning farmers have to get rid of it. Approximately 20% of all U.S. produce never enters the market but ends up left in the field or transported to landfills.
Controlling Water with Building Blocks
Humans have used dams since ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations restricted the flow of rivers and the extent of floods with earth and mason structures. Either simple or complex, the purpose of the dam is to control the flow of water.
Even in places where it is easy to recycle because of school-wide or community-wide initiatives, many people are confused about what and where to recycle. Students can help other students by creating instructive visual signage for waste collection areas.
What’s in My Lunch?
Students bring their lunch to school for lots of reasons, dislike of school food, special diet, to fit in with other kids, etc. Many times at home, parents have the greatest of intentions when making or purchasing the food that goes into those lunches.
Garbage, Waste, and Trash
Students will discuss the meaning of garbage, waste and trash. They will then investigate their classroom trash to learn about the variety and amount of trash they produce.
This activity focuses on the concept of a source reduction. Also known as waste prevention, source reduction decreases the amount of material entering the waste stream.
This activity focuses on the “reuse” theme of reduce-reuse-recycle. Students collect waste materials (paper, bottles, cans, cardboard tubes, fabric, etc) and find other uses for them either practically, for a school project, or as art objects.
Making Recycled Paper
Students have the opportunity to become part of the “recycle” process by breaking down used paper and recreating a new, usable product from the waste. This activity can be messy, as students produce paper pulp and then dry it to new sheets of paper.
How Many Years to Disappear?
Students may watch the garbage people come by and think that their waste magically disappears. Some may have been to the dump with a parent and some may have a compost pile or “dump” of their own on their land.
Where’s My Water?
For most people, water is all around us. Open the faucet and water flows into the sink immediately.
How Much Food Do You Waste?
Students will track and measure their food consumption over two weeks to learn more about waste and strategies to reduce food waste.
Gardening with Students
Make planters using recycled cans and grow an herb garden.
Water Conservation at Home
Reducing water waste saves water, energy, and money. Did you know, heating water alone counts for an average of 15% of total household energy use?
Learn What’s Recyclable
Reusing materials can reduce your cost for new materials, reduce the amount of waste you produce and reduce the energy needed to produce new materials.
Recycling is when you convert waste into a reusable material. The recycled material is processed and transformed into material that can be reused. It’s old material, but good as new!
Recycling and Reusing Plastic
Many types of plastic are recyclable, while other soft forms of plastic are not.
How Much Waste Do You Make at Home?
The average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste daily, including recyclable and compostable material.
Energy Trip Ticket
This activity will help to make students aware of their energy usage by making them “pay” for each energy trip they make throughout the day.
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