How to Participate in the Waste Reduction Challenge for Green Week!

Waste_Reduction_ChallengeNational Green Week is moving full steam ahead and there’s still plenty of time to get involved! You can make any week your Green Week until the end of April! A waste reduction and recycling theme makes for fun and measurable projects that will excite any student.

Keep reading to find out more about getting involved in the Waste Reduction Challenge!

Green-in-Action Ideas for the Waste Reduction Challenge

You could win $250 for sharing your story! The deadline to apply is April 30. Read more about the contest rules here. Check out these great ideas to get you started:

  • Host a package redesign contest – find full instructions in activity 3 of the Wonder Wheel lesson. 
  • Organize a waste free snacks day, or week, and measure the results.
  • Start a recycling program.
  • Create artwork using plastic bottles, milk cartons or old CDs.
  • Enlist a student Paper Brigade to ensure printers are set to default print on two sides.
  • Ban plastic water vending.
  • Work with the cafeteria to set up a composting program.

Waste Reduction Tips! 

  • Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade.
  • Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
  • Buy products, such as laundry detergent, in boxes rather than bottles.
  • Never use plasticware at home and request restaurants not pack it for take out.
  • Set default printer settings to double sided.
  • Switch to paperless billing.
  • Eliminate bottled water at meetings.
  • Switch from disposable to reusable goods. For example, get refillable tape dispensers and ink cartridges.
  • Always check your cupboards and fridge and write a list before going to the grocery store to avoid buying something you already have.
  • Save your leftovers and use them as ingredients in your next meal.
  • Store products in airtight containers, preferably glass, to keep them fresh longer.

Free Waste Reduction Lessons by Grade


Grades 3-5

Middle School

High School

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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