Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), an industry leader in U.S. recycling, has introduced a free, downloadable curriculum designed to incorporate recycling education in schools and support students’ real-world learning about sustainability and how to recycle properly.
The Recycling Simplified Education Program, designed with teachers for teachers, aligns with individual grade-level curriculum standards in multiple disciplines such as science and STEM, English, language arts and literacy, math and social studies.
The curriculum contains step-by-step lesson plans for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades with supporting teaching materials, including classroom activities, videos, handouts, virtual field trips and completion certificates.
A recent Republic Services survey shows that while 88% of Americans agree that efforts to recycle are important, they are confused about what materials belong in the bin.
In fact, 41% of the respondents failed a basic quiz, despite 69% giving themselves an A or B when asked how much they knew.
“Most people care about the environment and want to recycle; however, many are genuinely unsure about how and what to recycle,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability.
“In fact, about 30% of what people put in their recycling containers doesn’t belong there,” Keller said.
“By reinforcing recycling best practices in our schools, we can reduce recycling contamination rates and ensure local recycling programs remain sustainable for future generations,” Keller said.
The curriculum is structured to provide educators with flexibility to teach the lessons as a complete unit or incorporate into existing curriculum plans.
Lessons within each grade range build upon students’ current understanding and help them gain greater awareness of the broader environmental, sustainability and societal issues related to efforts to recycle and the conservation and reuse of natural resources.
The education program is available for free online at RecyclingSimplified.com along with tips, videos and resources to become a better recycler and reduce contamination rates.
Survey Infographic & Additional Findings: Nearly Half of Americans Fail Recycling Quiz
About the Survey
The “Report Card” Survey was conducted online on behalf of Republic Services from June 17-19, 2019. A nationally representative sample of 1,048 respondents from the US were interviewed. The margin of error on these results is +/- 3 percentage points (based on a confidence interval of 95%).
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills, and energy and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers.
More than 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit RepublicServices.com, or follow us at Facebook.com/RepublicServices, @RepublicService on Twitter and @republic_services on Instagram.