San Luis Obispo County can help provide resources for teaching about waste and recycling.

Books are available through the IWMA’s School-Based Education Program. Call (805) 782-8424 for information.

Recycle Rex
Educator’s Waste Management Resource & Activity Guide Closing the Loop Sampler

Videos are available through the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, Educational Technology Center. Call (805) 782-7291 for information.

• The Rotten Truth (30 min., grades 3-8) – Covers natural resources, recycling, landfills, decomposition
• Wormania! (26 min., grades K-4) – Features close-ups of worms, how they break down organic material and worm reproduction


An abundance of free recycling curriculums can be found online. Create your next lesson plan using one of the following resources:


Grades PreK-3

Health World LogoHealth World’s Safety Smart Goes Green
A digital instruction course in which The Lion King’s animated characters Timon and Pumbaa teach children grades about green practices, focusing on the three R’s.


Grades K-6

waste in placeWaste In Place
Three sample activities paired with fact sheets, recommended reading and activities for parents. Keep America Beautiful also offers comprehensive activity guides available for purchase from their online store.


Grades 4-6

recycle rosieRecycle Rosie Curriculum: Understanding the Waste Cycle
This PDF curriculum contains six chapters that introduce the three R’s and encourage students to think critically about the environment-waste management relationship.


Grades 4-12

can manufacturers instituteCan Manufacturers Institute
Three separate curricula for grades 4-6, 6-9 and 9-12 that emphasize the importance of recycling and environmentally responsible behavior.


Grades K-12

EPAUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
A vast array of lesson plans, games, quizzes, videos, projects, activities and community service ideas.


ca eeiCalifornia Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)
More than 80 science and history-social science units that highlight environmental relationships and encourage critical thinking.


recycleworksRecycleWorks
Resources, projects and activities focusing on waste reduction and awareness.


teacher visionTeacher Vision
Green activities, articles, slideshows and more, organized by grade level.


education worldEducation World
This site offers links to more than 40 recycling activities and resources for various grade levels.


neaNational Education Association
Earth Day-themed lessons, projects, activities and games for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.


isriInstitute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. and JASON Learning
Posters, lesson plans and web-based experiences about recycling for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.


recommunity recyclingReCommunity
Educational recycling videos, infographic posters and lesson plans for grades 1-5 and 6-12.