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Recycling education and outreach

The DNR and its recycling program partners have many resources for a variety of audiences. Learn how reducing, reusing and recycling can help you, your community, your business and the environment by saving money, energy and natural resources. Together, we can make a difference.

Publications and posters

The following publications are available for anyone to use or distribute.

Use the following order form to request free copies of the publications available in print format.

You can also create professional, customized publications using these tools:

Business/commercial recycling


Electronics recycling

Event recycling

General recycling

Healthcare waste

Open burning

Plastic bag and film recycling

PreK-12 education

Tips for responsible units

Universal waste

Social media

Social media kits for recycling

Some organizations have put together social media kits with ready-made posts for you to download and use.

Wisconsin/national recycling social media posts

You can follow these organizatiosn on Facebook and share their posts with your own followers.



  • What happens when we e-cycle? [YouTube] - Ever wonder what happens to electronics after you drop them off at a collection point? This video takes you inside today's high-tech electronics recycling operations.
How recycling works
Benefits of recycling
  • Too Valuable to Waste [YouTube] - A six minute video illustrating how paper, plastics and other recyclables are changed into brand new products once they leave the curb - all while creating thousands of good jobs!
  • The Impact of the Recycling Industry [exit DNR] - This short video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries provides an overview of the economic and environmental benefits of scrap recycling.

PreK-12 education

PreK-12 education

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin [exit DNR] Join schools across Wisconsin in demonstrating a commitment to a sustainable Earth, stronger communities and healthier learning environments. Learn how your school can become an official Wisconsin Green & Healthy School as you teach and implement recycling and other sustainable practices.

Nature's Recyclers Activity Guide (WA-1425) [PDF] (out of print) is intended to help you teach people about natural recycling, cycles in nature and the important role people must play in recycling our natural resources.

Keepin' It In the Loop K-8 Teacher Activity Guide (WA-1526) [PDF]This study guide is designed to help you and your students begin thinking about recycling – why it's important and how resources can be conserved and protected.

Recycling and Beyond: Fun Stuff [PDF] Recycling activity and coloring book for kids.

Recycling & Waste Reduction: A Guide for Schools (WA-1561) [PDF]

Wee Recyclers

The Wee Recyclers Early Childhood Environmental Education Program Guide (CE-2011) [PDF] helps you teach children to become Wee Recyclers [exit DNR]. Materials are designed for use with 3 to 5-year-olds in early child care settings; however, most activities can be modified for use with other age groups.

Wee Crafts Activity Guide (CE-2012) [PDF] In this Wee Crafts guide, we provide some specific craft projects for you to create with your children.