Poster Contest

Students, You're Invited!

Showcase your artistic talent and commitment to the environment by participating in CAFR's recycling poster contest.

Recycle-Bowl Competition

Show off your best moves in this nationwide recycling competition for K-12 schools!

America Recycles Day

November 15 is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

College & University Links

CURC College & University Recycling Coalition

Post Landfill Action Network

Other Educational Resources

Alliance for Climate Education

Cartridges for Kids

Center for Environmental Education

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Denver Urban Gardens

Eco-Cycle's Green Star Schools Program

Great American Can Roundup

Green Up Our Schools

Ollie's World

Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Project Learning Tree

RAFT Resource Area for Teaching

Thorne Nature Experience


A lot of what you do everyday creates waste. Have you ever wondered what you can do to reduce waste? By better understanding waste issues and changing your habits, you can be an environmental steward. Watch Kelsey's 3 Rs, one of the student winners of EPA's Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice video competition, and see how you can make a difference.

Setting Up Zero Waste and Composting Programs

These articles provided by Eco-Cycle will help you get started:

Go Green Initiative

The mission of the Go Green Initiative is to provide schools, homes, businesses and organizations of all kinds with the tools and training they need to create a “culture of conservation” within their community.

The Story of Stuff Project

With over 12 million on-line views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and businesses around the world. Watch The Story of Stuff or The Story of Electronics. The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the films' impact.

Sample Recycling Curriculum

Lessons in Sustainable Waste Management, a recycling and solid waste curriculum, was originally developed as part of a solid waste planning effort for Chaffee, Custer, and Lake Counties, prepared by LBA Associates, Inc., and the Colorado Association for Recycling.

Lessons in Sustainable Waste Management (PDF 16MB)

The lessons target Grades 3–5. These lessons have been selected from publicly available sources and modified as necessary for consistency with format and clarity, and to address Colorado learning standards.

The goal for the lessons is to help students become future stewards of our environment as they assume leadership roles in their lives by providing information to make better decisions about managing solid waste as individuals and citizens through an understanding of the impact of waste in their lives and community, the finite resources of the earth, and the concept of increasing sustainable environmental relationships through reducing consumption, reusing, recycling, and composting.