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Awareness Activities

The Project Create Awareness Activities are designed to heighten students' knowledge and understanding of the environmental impact of garbage, and to help them develop healthy attitudes and practices that result in waste reduction.

All the activities involve students directly in learning. Activities are designed to enhance creative and critical thinking skills, to be fun, and educational, and use inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials to model creative reuse.

Although the Project Create activities have been developed for use in class, they can also be used by parents, community and scout leaders, camp and recreation program leaders.


Click for SampleClick for SampleGarbage Dump - Students explore how much we throw away and what kinds of items make up our trash. They sort clean trash into the 4R categories: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Students become familiar with the concept of "materials reuse" by working together to come up with several ways a specific discarded item can be reused.


pdfGarbage Dump207.41 KB 



Click for SampleClick for SampleCover the Earth With Garbage - To increase their awareness of the need to reduce waste, students calculate the amount of garbage the class accumulates in one month. ·They construct a model representing this amount using large paper grocery bags, and discover how they might shrink this garbage heap by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. Students analyze the impact our current diversion practices are having on the amount of garbage going into the landfill. Is it enough? If not, what can each of us do to increase waste diversion?


pdfCover the Earth With Garbage361.33 KB 

pdfSupplemental Letter to Parents about this activity22.73 KB