NOTICE 4/5/2024 @ 7:30am: North Kent Waste & Recycling Center is in the final stretch of its expansion construction. Our recycling drop-off stations at this site have been temporarily moved — click here for the details. Stay tuned here on our website or our social media for updates!

Educator Resources

Activities, lesson plans, books, and other resources relating to recycling, composting, and waste

The following resources are free. You may adapt the lesson plans and resources as needed to fit your specific classroom needs.

Check back soon for a place to upload your own resources and help us continue to improve our sustainable materials management education resources! 


Composting & Food Waste

Waste Free Lunch Worksheet

Waste Free Lunch



How do Landfills Work? MI Dept. of Environmental, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) Story Map

Edible Landfill

Landfill Waste Decomposition Timeline Activity Images

Landfill Waste Timeline Activity

Trash Pizza

Waste Audit Worksheet



A Few of my Favorite Things

MRF Handout

Recycling – The Quest For Less – EPA

The 3 R’s

Upper Elementary Worksheet


School Initiatives

Waste Audit


Recycling Challenge – How To Guide



Waste to Energy

Waste by Numbers


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