Schools: Educational Resources
We’ve developed a 30-minute lesson plan for K-5 classes to help children understand the importance of recycling and composting, and what types of materials go into each of the different colored containers. You can customize the lesson plan to your grade level—from cutting out pictures that children can match to bins, to the scientific definitions of the composting process.
You can download the in-person lesson plan and sort activity here:
Online lesson for sorting:
- Sorting Superheroes with food share
- Sorting Superheroes (without food share)
- Zero Waste Lunch Superheroes (How to pack a zero-waste lunch)
We have three forms you can use to help ensure your school is completely equipped for a robust recycling and composting program. Depending on availability, bins usually arrive at your school within a few days.
- Dumpster Watch - Use this form to track how full your dumpsters are, whether your school only has landfill or also has recycling, food scraps and yard trimmings. This will help you “rightsize” the dumpsters and also help track your recycling rates. If you’re just starting a Wastebusters program, you might want to complete this form once again after a few months.
- “Binventory” - Complete this spreadsheet to determine how many recycling and compost containers and bins your school already has and how many more you might need. You’ll need to send that to us, along with your bin order.
- Bin Orders - Then use the order form for free containers and bins of all kinds in all sizes, plus aprons and grabbers for your Dumpster Watch team. Republic Services will deliver your additional bins and other items.
Free Posters, Stickers and Signs
You can download posters or you can order them from us free of charge. And be sure to order stickers and signs you can use on the bins or other places to remind people what to put in the different colored bins.
- Signage Options
- How to Attach Sorting Signs to Bins
- StopFoodWaste Poster
- School Sort Guide
- Home Sorting Guide - Be a Hero at Home!
Sorting signs to download or order free of charge
Bumper Sticker-Sized Signs (print or order free stickers)
Student Action Projects
Staying Green During Quarantine Helpful flyer created by 2019-20 Miramonte student-intern for Recycle Smart.
Acalanes HS Environmental Board Follow the 2020-21 AHS Envio Board on Instagram
Sustainable Leaders in Action Sustainable Leaders in Action, or SLIA, is the youth leadership branch of Sustainable Contra Costa that is 100% youth-led.
Sorting 101 RecycleSmart Schools and the City of Boulder, CO have the same sorting requirements. RecycleSmart was given permission to use this video for sorting education.
These videos were created by CCC high school students to help their schools improve sorting.
Miramonte Environmental & Leadership Club
Campolindo Sustainability 2020
Campolindo Environmental Club
Northgate Environmental Club 2019
School Recycling Coordinator
- Alliance for Climate Education
- Center for Green Schools
- Compost In The Classroom
- Cool the Earth Global Warming Program
- Eco Schools USA
- Environmental Education - Multiple Online Resources
- Grades of Green
- Green Guide for Kids
- Green Schoolyards America
- Green Schools Alliance
- Green Schools Initiative
- The Imagination Factory, creative recycling by making art
- Kids Be Green
- KidScoop Activities
- KidScoop Earth Tips Sept.
- KidScoop Earth Tips Oct
- KidScoop Earth Tips Nov.
- NCRA Zero Waste Schools
- Plastic Film Recycling
- Recycle Rex at CalRecycle
- Sustainable Contra Costa County
- Sustainable Danville
- Sustainable Lafayette
- Sustainable Moraga
- Worm Composting