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12 Schools Make a Ton (and a Half!) of Difference in Just Six Weeks

In six weeks 5,700 students in 12 schools collected plastic bottle caps. The day has arrived for St. Louis County’s Resourceful Schools Project staff to pick them up. The truck rattles and the ride is bumpy. Plastic tarps line the floor of the truck to capture any renegade caps that […]

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Our bottle cap collection results are in!

In 6 weeks, 12 school communities collected 2,761 lbs. of plastic caps representing 521,591 containers!
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Just a Little Cap?

Eleven St. Louis County schools are collecting bottle caps to demonstrate that many little things can add up to a lot. See how much they've collected so far!
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Does Your School Need Recycling Bins?

This program is for all k-12 schools located in St. Louis County MO. The Resourceful Schools Project has distributed bins to schools in order to assist them in their recycling efforts.  We are happy to be able to provide a limited number of classroom bins again this year. We are excited that so many schools now have the ability to participate in single-stream recycling! […]

Lesson plans for upper elementary and middle school students.

Recycling & Economics

Got Gadgets?
The Zero Waste Project

Recycling & Climate Change

Pass the Tomatoes Please
The Carbon Games

Litter & Waste Reduction

Pick Up a New Attitude
Waste Watchers
Recycling Rules
All three of these lessons are in this pdf.

Programs for Adults

If you are looking for programming for a PTO meeting or events in your school community, we offer presentations on solid waste issues intended for adult audiences. The environment provides an important service that protects human health; it receives our wastes.

The Saint Louis County Health Department is one of the […]

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Recycling Relay

This activity challenges students to separate materials in a similar way to how it happens in real life. […]

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High School Lesson Plan: Hands-on “Garbage Patch”

You may have heard about the “Garbage Patch”, an island the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean, but it may not be what you imagine. Much of the pollution caught in all of our ocean’s gyres is actually a slurry of many-sized pieces of plastic; some smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. […]

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Elementary Offerings: Decomposer Detectives/World of Worms

“Decomposer Detectives” is an activity in which students explore samples of working compost to find creatures that are a part of the decomposer community. Sometimes terrific, insect-filled compost samples are hard to come by so, as a solution to this problem, we have combined this activity with the “World of Worms.” The […]

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New Puppet Show: How Recycling Changed My Life

Our new puppet show stars an elementary student named Destiny. The 15-20 minute presentation is interactive, features a villain, contains an exciting chase scene, and has a conclusion that young students can readily recognize as actually happening in real life. The puppet show can be performed for multiple classes of […]