Challenges and Misconceptions of Recycling
Sarah Borzo, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Metro Waste Authority, discusses misconceptions about recycling and diverting items from the landfill.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- How are juice boxes made into drywall?
- What other materials can be recycled or repurposed? (Example: plastic bottles for 3D printing)
- Can plexiglass be recycled? Is there a way to repurpose plexiglass?
- Create a documentary, podcast, etc., on recycling.
- Develop a plan to recycle or repurpose plexiglass (may involve developing partnerships with local businesses).
- Create a presentation that persuades a leader (school board, principal, city, county, etc.) to improve recycling.
- Develop a plan that allows your school to upcycle materials and resources.
- Watch the movie WALL-E.
- Metro Waste Authority: This website provides several resources on waste, recycling and the environment.
- From Trash to Treasure: This activity book contains ideas to convert items into art or something usable.
- The Digital Teacher: Schools: WALL-E! A green resource for Earth Day! This blog post contains information about why and how the movie “WALL-E” could be used to learn about recycling.
- Lesson Plan: Inventing Beyond Recycling: In this lesson, students will create their own designs that incorporate recyclable or non-recyclable items.
- Jeremy O’Brien on Why Some Items Can Be Recycled, But Not Others: In this podcast, Jeremy O’Brien discusses why some items can be recycled while others cannot.
- The Lowdown — How Plastic Took Over The World: A Brief, Disposable History Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students will analyze the history of plastics, their effects on the environment and regulatory efforts to address those effects.
Iowa Core Alignment
Submitted by Karla St. John and Amber Fairbanks as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.
Location and information courtesy of Metro Waste Authority.
Media produced by Iowa PBS.