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(Updated on 27/10/2016)



Related pages :

Environment (themes)
Environment (vocabulary and activities)


Vocabulary :

  • Recycling - vocabulary and quizzes


Pictures :

  • The e-waste mountains - in pictures - 18 October 2016
    "Sustainable development goal target 12.5 is to reduce waste. But with a planet increasingly dependent on technology, is that even possible?
    Kai Loeffelbein’s photographs of e-waste recycling in Guiyu, southern China show what happens to discarded computers."



Facts :

  • - with pictures, videos and a quiz
    "Even keen recyclers are confused into making mistakes that are seeing bags of recycling heading for landfill, a survey shows...
    We are more aware of the need to recycle than ever before but there is still confusion over what items can be recycled."

    + Video: Coffee shops urged to ditch disposable cups
    + Video: A quarter of the public ignorant of benefits of plastic recycling


  • China Bans Many Imported Recyclable Materials - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 February 2018
    "Experts think the ban will permit China to better deal with the recyclable waste that it created at home.
    However, developed countries will have to find new places to send recyclable plastics, metals and paper."


  • UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge - 24 January 2018
    "Exclusive: government accused of hypocrisy as documents show opposition to urban waste plan."


  • How will we deal with all of the world’s rubbish? - with a video - 2 October 2017
    "Despite our best environmental efforts, the world still overflows with more non-biodegradable trash than ever.
    We review four clever ideas for dealing with it all."


  • The life cycle of a plastic bottle
    "We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers.
    But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away?
    Here are the life cycles of three different plastic bottles..."



  • Where many of our electronic goods go to die - 8 January 2015
    "At a vast dumpsite in the west of Ghana's capital Accra, small fires burn among piles of old computers, television screens and laptops, throwing plumes of thick black smoke into the air... exposure to these toxins are known to cause a whole range of illnesses from cancers to heart disease to respiratory illnesses."


    "Agbogbloshie is one of the world's biggest sites
    for electronic waste."

    "Tech firms say they are phasing out
    dangerous chemicals and heavy metals."


  • Tom SZAKY:



    • San Francisco Zero Waste Program - FAQ
      "San Francisco has deployed its widely successful solid waste management programme based on the ambitious goal of zero waste by 2020.
      To ensure that no material goes to landfill or high temperature destruction, the city’s zero waste goal means that products are designed and used
      according to the principle of highest and best use. Zero Waste also means that discarded materials follow the waste reduction hierarchy:
      reduce, reuse, and then recycle or compost..."


    • The zero-waste home
      "See how a family manages to produce only two handfuls of trash per year."


    • Zero Waste - How green can you go?
      "Bea Johnson, who writes the popular ZeroWaste blog and is the author of ZeroWaste Home manages to generate less than a quart of garbage a year in her Mill Valley, Calif home."

  • How to recycle guides - Informative how to recycling guides for all your recycling services



  • Big Ben sculpture marks recycling
    "A 6m (20ft) high sculpture of Big Ben made from Coca-Cola cans has been unveiled in London's South Bank to inspire more people to recycle...
    Recycle Week is launched by WRAP - a not-for-profit company helping people and organisations reduce waste. "




Listening :

  • A Greener World
    I. Pre-Listening Exercises
    II. Listening Exercises
    III. Post-Listening Exercises
    "First, name three environmental problems that face our world today, how people can help solve these problems.
    What image comes to your mind when you think of "recycling"?..."



Activities :


  • Recycling Guide
    "Learn how to recycle different materials as a way of saving energy and conserving the environment."


  • A poster from Planet Pals
    Find the things that can be recycled.
  • Planet Earth - The Water Planet ( :
    - The water cycle
    - A jigsaw puzzle
    - Water and Weather
    - An eco-book
    - Recycling
    - An eco-quiz

  • Recycling - vocabulary and quizzes (


  • Time to Recycle (bry-backmanor)
    "Put together the recycling boxes. Cut apart the items and put them in the correct box."

  • Recycling and Beyond activity pages (

    "Welcome to Recycle City!
    There's lots to do here - people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste."

Lesson plans :

  • Garbage collectors start library with abandoned books (May 09, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital Ankara are recycling the books they find in the trash."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Libraries - Level 0Libraries - Level 1   or  Libraries - Level 2
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

  • U.K. garbage could be worth billions (June 7, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A British government agency has claimed that the nation's garbage is an untapped gold mine worth over $4.5 billion, and could create over 50,000 jobs."



Games :

  • Clean and green - "a great game where kids can practise tidying a bedroom and recycling the rubbish at the same time!" 

  • The recycling game (BBC)

  • A game : Trombone's Clean Up the Park -
    "Students can practise sorting recyclable items." (fen.funbrain)


Webquests :


Cartoons :


Cartoon: BlackBerry Out(r)age
"This cartoon by Kipper Williams
from The Guardian relates to the dramatic
computer crash at the UK headquarters
of  Research In Motion (RIM)
in Slough, Berkshire, this week,
which has left millions of  BlackBerry users
unable to send or receive emails and messages..."




Cartoon: March of the Monster Bins
"This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates
to news that giant communal dustbins
shared by 40 families or more are being introduced
across Britain."



Recycling Center


Recycling centre



Posters :

A poster from Planet Pals




Songs :

  • The 3 R's Song, performed by Jack Johnson (YouTube)
    - lyrics by Jack Johnson, music adapted from the Schoolhouse Rock song "3 is the Magic Number"

  • RECYCLING - songs with LYRICS (


Videos :

  • Rome's rubbish: The people trying to solve the problem - 16 March 2018
    "Rome produces more rubbish than it can cope with and some residents have been taking matters into their own hands.
    They meet every weekend early in the morning to scrub, paint, and clean up the eternal city."



  • Volunteers clear rubbish from Birmingham's streets - VIDEO - 3 August 2017
    "A community group known as Bearded Broz have been clearing streets of waste left piling up because bin collectors are on strike.
    The group, made up of volunteers from the Muslim community, are trying to encourage others to join them, but said they would help those that can't.
    Refuse workers in Birmingham are on strike for three hours a day in a dispute with the city council over job losses.
    Birmingham City Council said it hoped to reached a resolution "sooner rather than later"."


  • Watch: the alarming statistics behind recycling - 11 January 2018
    "As Theresa May pledges to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, take a look at the facts and figures behind recycling."



  • Boost plastic recycling!
    "We developed DIY machines that enable everyone to build a little plastic workshop.
    Now share it into every corner of the world and let the recycling begin!"

    Why? Search plastic waste


  • News Words: Recycling - VIDEO - 2 October 2015
    "This news word gets used again and again. Hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more about the word recycling."


  • Help Mother Earth/Kids Love Mother
    "This documentary is for children of all ages to understand why global warming happens and the way it impacts our planet, and how we can work together to stop it..."




  • Plastic Bottle Island
    "This man has given up his job, family and possessions to build an island that floats on plastic bottles he’s found and used as buoys!
    Talk about recycling to good use!"




PowerPoint Presentations :