Recycling Activities to Try at Home

Some useful information and fun activities to help you learn about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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Looking for some fun games and activities to keep the kids (or adults!) occupied at home?  Say no more, the Waste Education team have you covered!  Check out all of our educational activities below which promote the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Please feel free to print out the worksheets for use at home, in school or with community groups.

Reusable Face CoveringsFabric Face Coverings

Did you know that disposable face coverings have a lifespan of 450 years? This means that any disposable masks we throw away while tackling the pandemic will still be around for the next 4 centuries! We are already finding masks and plastic gloves washed up on beaches around the world and with the use of face coverings becoming mandatory in shops this week why not stay safe while also keeping the environment safe too? By making your own face covering from unwanted pillowcases, t-shirts or even socks you can reduce the demand for disposable face masks, recycle your unwanted fabrics and reuse your masks over and over again, just wash it after every use - that's the 3 R's in one face mask! Have a look at the below videos and the BBC How To Make Your Own Face Mask Guide to see just how easy it is to make your own waste free face mask: 

No Sew Sock Mask


Easy Sew Face Masks

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Waste Reduction Activities


Reuse Activities 

Sock Rabbit Craft


Metal Colouring In

Recycling Activities


Test Your Knowledge with Waste Puzzles

Information Posters

Useful Web Pages

Health & Safety Information for Online Resources

The following example health and safety script, risk assessment and Safe Systems of Work for the downloadable activities can be printed or downloaded:

Please note: these are for reference only and teachers/group leaders/parents/guardians should complete their own risk assessments and adhere to any school/group health and safety policies and procedures.

School/Community Group Visits and Resources - Currently Suspended

The Waste Education Team can also visit your school or community group, we have loads more activities to bring along to teach you all about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

You can also borrow any of our lending kits, more information can be found on the Waste Education Lending Kits page.

If you would like to book the Waste Education Team for a visit or would like to borrow any of our equipment, please feel free to contact us using the Waste Education Request Form.