April- Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

Students from the Mill and Casey Middle Schools in the Williamsville School District recycle in their classrooms and cafeteria.  Here they are pictured with newly acquired recycling bins purchased with grant money procured by their Home and Career Skills teacher, Ronna Glickman.

In 1989 President George Bush issued a proclamation designating April as National Recycling Month.  In light of the millions of tons of waste we generate each year, let’s use this month to think about either turning our trash into someone else’s treasure or disposing of it responsibly.

Sites for Reuse-Recycle  Projects

DYI T-shirt projects -Pinterest board

Recycling plastic grocery bags into useful items on Pinterest.

Pinterest ideas for recycling jeans.

Create an Apron from a Feed Bag - a great way to recycle seed or feed bags.

Recycle a broken metal carpenter's tape into a Snap Bag



Earth911- Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment.

10 top things to recycle in your home -  infographic

10 In The Bin -  poster and flyer - downloads

Lessons for Teaching About Trash and Recycling - Education World


Why Recycle - Check out the Recycling Explorer, Learn the Ins and Outs of recycling, Find a Recycling Center near you!

Recycling Benefits by the EPA - Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Find out how recycling can benefit your community and the environment.

Middle School Lesson Plans / Curriculum -  Talking Trash In Tuscon,  Discovery EducationSolid Waste Authority 

Teach Green:  Lesson Plans on Recycling -  Edutopia

The Imagination Factory   -  check out the Trash Matcher for creative art projects

Educational Resources - Arbor Day Foundation

Join the Educator’s Network at earth Day.org  Earth Day Network's Environmental Education Program is one of the most innovative and successful in the U.S., providing tools for integrating environmental issues into core curriculum subjects to teachers and students at all grade levels, as well as for other non-classroom educators. Earth Day Network provides games, interactive quizzes, and a variety of other fun and informative ways to learn about the environment.



 Electronic Recycling  -  Best Buy's Video

eCycling - EPA information on how and where to recycle used electronics

Freecycle Network - It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

Find a safe drug disposal site near you

Circle diagram source -  http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/

Tree Change dolls -  lady from Tasmania who takes old dolls and gives them real world faces, clothes, etc.

Recyclying and Waste Reduction - A Guide For Schools - Wisconsin Green and healthy Schools Program

Keepin’ It In The Loop -  recycling learning and activity guide (K-8)  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Global Impact of Recycling - infographic





Reduce Toxins in our Environment

Homemade cleaners - reduce toxins in our environment .

Green Cleaners- that really work!

Green Pesticides _environmentally safe solutions for the garden.



Reduce Additives in our Bodies

Homemade Mixes - 17 staple mixes for the pantry by Taste of Home Magazine.

Money Saving Mom - save over $100 a year by making your own mixes.