GreenSchools Waste & Recycling Investigation

Through this investigation, students will examine their school’s waste stream, will collect and analyze data, and will brainstorm ideas for action projects. They will discover how much waste their school generates and where the waste goes. Then they will learn that reducing waste, reusing items, recycling, and composting saves natural resources, energy, and landfill space.

Students will see how individual and collective student actions can affect the waste stream. They will generate ideas for ways their school could make improvements, such as producing less waste, increasing recycling efforts, or composting cafeteria waste. Furthermore, practicing waste reduction and recycling can save your school money.

Waste InvestigationDownload the Waste & Recycling Investigation or purchase a print copy of all 5 PLT GreenSchools Investigations plus the Adult Leader Guide.


Vanessa Bullwinkle

Vanessa Bullwinkle

Vanessa Bullwinkle is Director of Communications & Marketing for Project Learning Tree.