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Recycling Activities for Students

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and all month long with these recycling activities, resources, games, and more!

Change starts with one bottle, one person, one action. You and your students have the power to make the world a better, more sustainable place this school year. That’s why we gathered these classroom resources, hands-on activities, printables, and games created in partnership with PepsiCo's school program, Recycle Rally, to help make a difference in your community. Learn more about Recycle Rally and get free resources here.

Sign Up for the PepsiCo Recycle Rally!

Get your students pumped up to recycle by joining PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally. When you set recycling goals to increase recycling and track progress, everyone wins! It’s free, it’s easy and it comes with loads of perks. Get the full scoop here.

These 22 Recycling Games Help Kids Learn the Value of Being Green

Earth Day is right around the corner! What could be a better way to get your students ready and excited about recycling than by playing one new recycling game each day of April leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd? These hands-on recycling games will have them laughing, learning, and getting super excited about recycling.

History of Recycling

Teach your students the history of recycling with these videos and lesson plans.

Discover the History of Recycling: How Did We Get Here?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most of us have heard this mantra many times in our lives. Is it new, or has it been part of society for centuries? The answer to that question might be surprising! Here is the history of recycling from the Bronze Age through the first Earth Day.

Get composting!
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year.
If composted, that food would reduce the same
amount of greenhouse gas as taking
two million cars off the road. - EPA

Only three in ten plastic water bottles get recycled.
Recycling plastic bottles conservestwice as much energy
as burning them in an incinerator. - EPA

Recycling Games

Bingo? Fun quizzes? Recycle Drop? Count us in for these games that make recycling even more fun!

Test Students' Recycling Knowledge with this Quiz!

If you’ve begun a recycling program at your school or just want to see if your students know the basics about what they can recycle, this is the perfect game for them to try. We’ve created a K-8 recycling game that runs in a slideshow!

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