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Wastes—Educational Materials

You can help protect our planet and make a difference in our future. The EPA offers resources to increase awareness of solid waste issues, encourage and increase waste-reducing behaviors, and inspire participation in environmental outreach activities.

Students (Grades K–5)

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You can help keep our planet clean and green!
Use this site to find out more.

Students (Grades 6–8)

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By taking a few steps to create less trash every day, you can make a big difference!


A middle-age teacher draws various recycling logos on a chalkboard.

Don't just teach the ABCs—teach the RRRs! Access materials to help your students learn how to reduce and better manage waste.

Tips to reduce waste
  • Use products made with recycled materials
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and rechargeable batteries
  • Shop with cloth bags
  • Reuse plastic bags, cups, containers, etc.
  • Repair items instead of throwing them away.
  • Compost your food and yard waste.

Learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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