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Recycling Worksheets for Kids

Updated on October 10, 2014

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Worksheets and Printables to Teach Children About Recycling

Welcome to the resource list of the BEST free worksheets and printables about recycling online. These free worksheets can be used at school or to teach kids recycling facts at home. Learning about recycling has never been so much fun! Feel free to browse the list or suggest resources of your own. Let's each make a commitment to teach children the benefits of recycling!

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Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth.

FREE Recycling Worksheets

Free Recycling Worksheets

Lakeshore Learning

Teach Kids to Sort Recyclables - into the correct bin with this cute worksheet, including Compost, Aluminum, Plastic, or Paper.

A-Z Teacher Stuff

Slideshow to Teach Kids about Composting - Very good explanation of the many ways to compost. It's important to remember that worms do most of the work and that composting is not rocket science. All you need to compost are unwanted plant materials (fruit and veggie scraps, leaves, grass clippings, etc.) and dirt.

ABC Teach

Lots and Lots of Free Printables Including: -

*An earth day award.

*Book List of Kids Books about the Environment

*Coloring Pages

*Recycling Mazes - Follow the path to put the plastic bottle in the plastic bin.

*Word games - Make as many words as you can from the words "Earth day."

*Printable song lyrics about recycling.


*Recycling Signs

Vocab Maker

LARGE list of Free Worksheets: - Too many to list, but they include matching games, decoding word games and bingo sheets all with a recycling theme.

Pinellas County

Variety of Recycling Lessons and Activities by Age

Recycling Word Search

Coloring Book

Recycling Worksheets for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Recycling Worksheets

Free Kindergarten Recycling Worksheets Including: -

*Understanding Composting

*Sorting Recycling

*Plant Growth Record

*Science Observation Book - "I Spy"

Recycling Worksheets for Preschool - 6th Grade


Worksheets separated into 3 levels.

Level 1 (Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st) Includes: -


*Recycle Sorting

*Sequencing Recycling Events (for 1st or 2nd)

Level 2 (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade) Includes: -

*Reuse Ideas

*Details on Paper, Plastic, Glass and Metal Recycyling

Level 3 (5th and 6th grade) Includes: -

*Lesson encourages children to think about their impact on the environment and sustainable living.

Recycling Worksheets from and NIEHS

This is a maze to help Eco find his way to the recycling bin. It is perfect for Kindergarten and 1st grade students as they become more familiar with the recycling symbol.

Eco-Friendly Maze : Recycling Symbol

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The NIEHS has a maze to encourage younger kids to learn about worms. Help the worm make his way through the maze. There is also a hidden word search for older children. Hunt for environmentally friendly words, such as "compost," "recycling" and "earth."

Worm Maze

Hidden Word Search

Teaching Kids to Love the Earth

Recycle City Online Games

recycling activities online
recycling activities online

Recycle City

Recycling Activities for Kids

If you are looking for an online recycling activity for children, try the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "Recycle City" game. Kids can roam the city and find opportunities to recycle. To make the game more fun, have children hunt for specific recyclable items within the city. This game is similar to a treasure hunt. Kids can also play "Dump Town" where they can literally see unrecycled trash pile up throughout the city as a visual reminder of what happens when we don't recycle.

Recycle City

Can Recycling be Taught With Worksheets?

Are recycling worksheets for kids useful? Or do they need hands on experience?

Yes, the worksheets serve as a reminder.

Yes, the worksheets serve as a reminder.

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  • Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

    Great lens!

  • mel-kav 3 years ago

    I think it is a great way to introduce young children to the world of recycling, as long as an adult guides them into taking action and doing hands on.

  • Jack 4 years ago

    They can learn from the worksheets, then go take action.

  • suepogson 4 years ago

    They need both - good worksheets help to remind them how they're helping by recycling.

  • jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

    I think printables are a good place to start, but they should be followed by actions.

  • bueler lm 5 years ago

    Worksheets are easy to reference.

  • WriterJanis2 5 years ago

    I think a worksheet can make a great teaching tool.

  • Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

    I think hands-on and worksheets complement one another

  • JJ37 5 years ago

    Both! I would also staple the worksheets into a book that they can take home and share with others.

  • Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

    I think learning by doing is always the best way, however a worksheet to introduce and reinforce the lessons or a well-placed poster are great to keep the lessons fresh. I've even made a few recycling posters and coloring pages for kids. Love this lens ... blessed.

  • dahlia369 5 years ago

    I don't see why not. What we learned when were kids, stuck best... ;)

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    Worksheets reinforce and inspire thinking about recycling and being responsible.

  • Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    What great resources for kids to learn about recycling. My 3 year old grandson loves when the recycling truck comes around and helping mom recycle.

  • LensSeller 6 years ago

    Anything that gets the kids involved in recycling has to be a great idea in my opinion.

  • Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Worksheets are a great place to start in the classroom or in a homeschool environment but nothing beats hands on experience to make recycling become an everyday action.

  • Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

    I think they could be used

No, they need to get up and start sorting recyclables.

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  • Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

    I'm sure they are useful, but they only go part-way. After completing the worksheets, they need to see how what they have learned applies in the real world. Help them understand with the worksheet, then follow through: help them feel good about themselves because they are actively helping the planet. :)

  • mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

    I think both of them should be used. But definitely hands on is a must for me.

  • AshleySears LM 5 years ago

    I think it's a healthy balance for both, but I would say hands on.

  • adamfrench 5 years ago

    I am glad to see some schools running hands on projects for the kids

  • Philippians468 6 years ago

    i guess it can begin with worksheets but it should result in action!

Recycling Coloring Pages - Print them for free! Click a thumbnail below to change the coloring page.

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3 rs coloring page
3 rs coloring page
recycle bin coloring page
recycle bin coloring page
recycle robot coloring page
recycle robot coloring page
recycle earth coloring page
recycle earth coloring page

Recycling Videos

After your children have done their recycling worksheets, let them watch one of the educational videos below about recycling plastic. Watch as plastic becomes recycled in the factory. Also watch a quick home lesson in recycling plastic.

Recycling Video by Waste Management

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures: Happy Earth Day

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Not exactly what this lens is about, but I sometimes recycle worksheets by putting them in plastic page protectors and having kids do the worksheets with a wipe-off marker.

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Recycling is important to our survival and should be taught to the next generation...

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      lovely way to get children involved in a greener world! cheers

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lensrolled to my Recycling at Home: Beyond Bottles and Cans :)

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      Well done Heather on making such a valuable resource for teachers and those of us looking to spread the word about recycling.

      I'll be adding this lens to my lensroll on

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I love the earth and I love your lense. Keep up the good work.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great lens! I featured it on my Kids Recycle Projects lens. You provide great resources here for learning more ways to recycle.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Neat lens! Liked!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A resource for helping imprint recycling in our lives is a great idea for making it a natural course and developing good habits.

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      schoolmarm 5 years ago

      I loved these worksheets. Thanks!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @schoolmarm: You are welcome. Enjoy!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Respect for the earth is so important.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you Scarlett!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you Scarlett!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @Runnn: Runnn, I hope you find the worksheets helpful.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @Runnn: Runnn, I hope you find the worksheets helpful.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Practical skills might come in handy at the most unexpected times! :)

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      JJ37 5 years ago

      Kids love to be involved in important matters such as recycling. I have some additional books on my lens: Nature and Earth-Friendly Books for All Ages. Take care!

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      @adamfrench: I agree with you on that statement!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      They aint making any more planet, that's for sure. We have to do our best with this one!

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      Important to learn this at an early age for sure

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Added to my Recycling at Home lens :)

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      thanks using some of this info tonight for a scout meeting, Blessed

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Nicely done.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      Vital Stuff

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      TaniaStar LM 5 years ago

      Great lens about such important topic

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      bueler lm 5 years ago

      Great information. I am trying to teach my kids about recycling so this will prove very valuable.

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      That is wonderful! Looks like a lot of fun :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That's great work, we are about to start a program at a local primary school so these worksheets will be handy. Thank you!

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Teaching our kids to respect and appreciate our resources is important for our future!

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      Thanks for these resources!

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      george234 5 years ago

      Nice one i love this lens im giving 5/5 feedback for this lensHammocks | Chandeliers | Wall Lights | Ceiling lights | Loft Ladders | Wood Burning Stoves | Leather shoulder Bag | Mens Messenger Bag | Italian Leather Bags | Brown Leather Bag | Sun Loungers

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      AshleySears LM 5 years ago

      I just got the neatest 2-in-1 Recycler. Rubbermaid makes it and it keeps all of it organized. Otherwise my recycling is EVERYWHERE!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Wonderful resource. Liked, shared and blessed x

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      GetFactsnotHype 4 years ago

      Added this to my recycling and recycled page

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Loved it! Sundae ;-)

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Loved it!

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      drmattshepard 3 years ago

      great lens, I can tell you put work into it.

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      Keep up the good work!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      Very good lens! Good habits learned at an early age can help them (and planet earth!) for the rest of their lives.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      Great lens and it is best to get children on the recycle path early in life

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