Schools have long been sustainability champions that instill life-long environmental awareness in students. Students who learn about waste and recycling at school develop positive environmental habits that are brought home and impact the entire family. Waste Reduction Week in Canada school resources are excellent for educators who want to reduce waste at their school and implement sustainability into the school curriculum all year long.
Download the School Resource Kit. This resource will help your school plan Waste Reduction Week activities, conduct a waste assessment, and implement a waste reduction action plan.
EcoKids offers free learning activities and resources for Canadian teachers, students, parents and communities to engage in environmental action.
A helpful flyer developed by Toronto Region Conservation Authority on how to pack a waste-free lunch.
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12. They provide excellent resources for reducing waste at school.
Take your class through a virtual, interactive tour of a MRF. Choose from a guided tour or let your students explore the facility on their own!
A collection of government resources compiled by BottleStore.com to educate kids on the importance of recycling.
Excellent resources, lesson plans, fact sheets, and games to educate students about waste reduction.
Terracycle offers free recycling programs for hard-to-recycle wastes through upcycling. Collection programs can be run through your home, school, or office.
This activity provided by Earth Day Canada teaches students about the the importance of the 3Rs and energy conservation. Recommended for grades 4-6.
"Dining out" takes on a whole new meaning in Just Eat It. After seeing how much of our food is wasted, Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer, whose previous film The Clean Bin Project followed their efforts to live a zero-waste lifestyle, decide to take on a new challenge: to eat only rescued food for six months. Just Eat It follows the Vancouver couple as they forgo restaurant meals and quit grocery shopping cold turkey. Watch the film
How Recycling Works (Grade 7+)
National Film Board of Canada – How do they recycle paper?
The Story of Stuff
Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled with LeVar Burton
How This Town Produces No Trash
Watch Your Dead Tech Get Demolished at an E-Waste Recycling Plant
Trash Me Project