NDEP Recycling & Waste Reduction Curriculum


The curriculum is composed of a series of interdisciplinary lessons through which students learn the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Lessons are aligned to 5th grade Common Core and NGSS standards, but may be adapted to any level. 


Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Landfills

Lesson 3: Waste Decomposition 

Lesson 4: Composting

Lesson 5: Vermicomposting

Lesson 6: Paper

Lesson 7: Assessment

Lesson 8: Reduce

Lesson 9: Reuse

Lesson 10: Recycle

Lesson 11: Final Assessment


Optional Final Project Options: 
  • Student Public Service Announcement  
  • School Recycling Program Implementation/Improvement 
          Contact us for additional resources/guidance on completing either of these project options.