Recycle Sort Relay

When We All Recycle, Everyone Wins!

For Your Information

Recycling is an important phase in prolonging the lives of every material we can find in our houses, officies, schools, and communities. It is a way for individuals and industries to reduce the waste they generate, as well as lessen waste's negative impact to the environment. Recycling, the last stage to the life cycle, creates a closed-loop cycle where the used products are made into new materials. Recycling prevents the pollution and destruction of raw materials, like trees and metals, that are being extracted rom the earth's natural resources.

Recycling saves energy. Even recycling a simple sheet of paper saves energy and reduces pollution. Making new paper from recycled materials uses 55 percent less energy than producing it from raw materials, like trees. Recycling paper will also reduce air pollution by 95 percent, and prevents the cutting down of trees, which is vital in the prevention of so many environmental disasters. In fact, if all Sunday newspapers printed in the US would be recycled, the California Dept. of Conservation estimated that the effort would save about 550,000 trees. Ove the course of one year, that would mean 28 million trees!


1. Place all recyclables in a pile, opposite the starting cones, about 60’.

2. Arrange students into groups of about 4, each group lined up at a cone.

3. Each group will have a “recycling bin” (bucket or hoop or box, etc.)

4. Assign each group a product to sort: plastic, paper, trash, aluminum.

5. At the signal to begin, students relay race to pick up 1 item for their bin.

The first group to correctly sort their items are the winners, but when everyone recycles,

we’re all winners!