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Recycling Worksheets for Kids

Updated on February 9, 2018
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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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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

Recycle Worksheet
Recycle Worksheet

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

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

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

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

Let Your Voice Be Heard. Can Recycling be Taught With Worksheets?

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

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      Debbie Craig 

      18 months ago

      Looking for something for sub. Mr. Rats story is super cute. I just need to tell sub to call it trash not rubbish! But the kids learned a new word.

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      astevn816 lm 

      5 years ago

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

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      Johanna Eisler 

      5 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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      5 years ago

      Keep up the good work!

    • mel-kav profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

      Loved it!

    • TapIn2U profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas! Loved it! Sundae ;-)

    • GetFactsnotHype profile image


      6 years ago

      Added this to my recycling and recycled page

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Wonderful resource. Liked, shared and blessed x

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      AshleySears LM 

      7 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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      7 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

    • jenniferteacher1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for these resources!

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      bueler lm 

      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago


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      TaniaStar LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens about such important topic

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Vital Stuff

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      7 years ago

      Nicely done.

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

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

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Added to my Recycling at Home lens :)

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      7 years ago

      A Useful Lens. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Important to learn this at an early age for sure

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      7 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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      7 years ago

      Hey I have reviewed your squidoo lens and I really liked it. Because of this I went ahead and âlikeâ you on squidoo. Giving your lens another like.

      When you have time, please take a look at my lens. It is located at

      If you like my lens, please add a like to my lens as well. I am new to squidoo and I would appreciate any comments at all.

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      8 years ago

      @adamfrench: I agree with you on that statement!

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      8 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!

    • adamfrench profile image


      8 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you Scarlett!

    • hsschulte profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you Scarlett!

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Respect for the earth is so important.

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      8 years ago

      @schoolmarm: You are welcome. Enjoy!

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      8 years ago

      I loved these worksheets. Thanks!

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      8 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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      8 years ago from Florida

      Neat lens! Liked!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 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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      8 years ago

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

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      8 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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      Angela F 

      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

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

    • MisterJeremy profile image


      8 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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