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funky february

Rethink art challenge

2 points

The 3 R's are: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! We all know that recycling is awesome but it is important to try and reduce our waste and reduce items even before we recycle them. To improve our environmental footprint we must learn to use and dispose of less.

This challenge focuses on the first two R's: reducing and reusing. There are many ways to reduce the amount of waste that we create. The best piece of trash is the one that you never create. Have students think about ways that they can eliminate a waste stream and put this into action. 

Some suggestions for reducing waste and reusing products:

  • Refillable drink containers eliminate plastic bottles and cans

  • Reusable cutlery, trays, and containers eliminate single-use products

  • Reusable shopping bags eliminate plastic bag waste

  • Double sided printing

  • Collect extra school supplies that may be disposed of at the end of the year to be used next year

Rethink ways to turn trash into treasure! Collect items that would normally be discarded and turn these pieces of trash into something artistic, innovative, and new!

It is important to show students the value of rethinking. Some items for projects:

  • Old books

  • Bottle caps

  • CDs

  • Plastic bottles

  • Tissue boxes and rolls

  • Plastic bags

  • Pens/ markers (used/dried out)

  • Milk jug rings

Check out Pinterest, Etsy, Google, and other fun websites for inspiration.

To receive points, please submit the following to

Education@solidwasteauthority.org or text your Recycling Coordinator:

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