Where to Recycle Reminder

Where to Recycle Reminder lesson plan

Where can your family recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers? Create a colorful 3-D reminder to reduce landfill space!

  • 1.

    Did you recently get a new computer? Are your remote-control batteries worn out? Does your family have leftover oil-based paint? Learn where and how to properly dispose of items such as these. Check with your community trash hauler or local government to find dates and places for recycling. Get ready to spread the word about responsible recycling with this colorful 3-D poster.

  • 2.

    With Crayola Scissors, cut two paper garbage can shapes out of recycled file folders. Label and decorate one side with the recycle symbol using Crayola Colored Pencils. Glue the inside edges together with Crayola School Glue, leaving the middle open to create an envelope. Air-dry the glue.

  • 3.

    What items can be recycled in your community? Computers, oil, tires, pesticides, paints, batteries, newspaper? Draw a symbol for each one. Cut out your designs. Cut a file-folder strip for each symbol. Glue your designs to the ends so they look like flowers on stems.

  • 4.

    On each strip, write the dates and places where you can safely dispose of the item pictured. Place your recycle stems into the envelope. Display your poster at home or somewhere in your community to encourage recycling.


  • Students research recycling services and schedules in their community.
  • Children design an attractive 3-D poster with recycled materials that contains the information they gathered.
  • Students display their posters to encourage recycling in their neighborhood.


  • Ask a local government official to talk about the impact of proper disposal of used items.
  • Research where computers and cell phones can be refurbished for others to use.
  • Find out what other communities around the world do about recycling and conservation. What practices could be adopted in your neighborhood?
  • Assessment: Students thoroughly research local recycling information and accurately record it on their posters. They display their recycling reminders in prominent places in the community.